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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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“eyefull tower”(141 reviews)
“barry brickell”(102 reviews)
“train driver”(55 reviews)
Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist) started building the railway 35 years ago to bring clay from the hillside to his pottery. This amazing switch-back railway climbs the mountain to the 'Eyeful Tower' with...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The railway, it's fascinating story - and that of it's creator Bruce Brickell, the scenery, the art placed randomly and the quirkiness made this a special and fun train journey. So cleverly designed and built. Stunning location. Highly recommend for all ages!

Thank JudyN1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with my partner. It is a short drive from Coromandel Town centre. The trip is a one hour train ride through the forests with the end destination being the EyeFull Tower. The journey up through the forest is very pleasant. Our driver was...More

Thank Leki9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of interesting information from a friendly guide. A very ramshackle railroad and great fun. Great views from the top

Thank Annie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This really is a 'must do' if you are on the Coromandel. The venue operators are very passionate and take great care to ensure everyone enjoys the visit. The narrow- guage rail takes you over some real feats of engineering and the back-story is amazing....More

Thank Christine L M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest I wasn't expecting a lot, but I was thoroughly amazed at the ingenuity of railway build. It really is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and learning some of the history as your travel up the hill on this...More

Thank StevenE1723
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We're glad we booked a couple of weeks prior to our trip as we discovered on our arrival that all the sessions for that day were fully booked with standby lists. The staff are passionate about continuing the work of Barry Brickell as well as...More

Thank Natalie E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an AMAZING tour to do! Cannot believe the stunning views, inspirational vision and work of one man to create this train experience - do it! You will not be sorry.

Thank suzndon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing views going through this old rail way. Something different and super cool well worth doing! I would recommend booking before you go to avoid disappointment as it fills fast.

Thank Cassie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. We did the last trip of the day, they provide blankets as it gets a bit chilly. Highly recommended with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf from the top!

1  Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing visit!! Great family day out. Beautiful views, our guide was fantastic. Our train obsessed 2 year old was in his element. I was unsure how he would go but totally safe for little ones. Such a special place!

1  Thank mia_dee87
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19 March 2018|
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Response from Kimberley H | Reviewed this property |
Depends how you are travelling there. If you take a ferry from Auckland, then I suggest possibly 3 hours. However if you drive from Auckland, I would allow 4 hours, without stops.
19 March 2018|
Response from 123LS | Reviewed this property |
Hi They have a web page where you can check it out as well Under 4’s are free 4-16 $13 NZ Adults $35 NZ