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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-866 8703
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist)...

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 magnificent views over the Hauraki Gulf. The one hour return journey incorporates superb engineering with 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large bridges.

Unique pottery sculptures and tile walls line the track through a regenerating forest setting.

Back at the station watch the DVD about Barry and the railway.

Enjoy a walk in the sculpture garden followed by a bush walk in the predator free native sanctuary.

Pottery, souvenirs, mini-bricks, books and the DVD are available to purchase in our craft shop.

Tours Times: 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm and 3.15pm DAILY. During the busy seasons we may run additional tours at 9am, 4.30pm and 5.45pm (subject to demand)

As this attraction is extremely popular we strongly suggest you book your seat; especially over the summer period.

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Unique experience

Kids loved the train and we enjoyed the quirky bits. Very interesting bits and pieces and the railway was definately an unique engineering experience. Great for kids and adults... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kids loved the train and we enjoyed the quirky bits. Very interesting bits and pieces and the railway was definately an unique engineering experience. Great for kids and adults. What great views from the eyeful tower! Sorry we couldn't meet the pioneer of ths business.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have any appreciation of railway engineering then this tramway is a great model of how steep terrain was conquered by our forebears. Its a tribute to one man's vision and determination. Apart from that its a fun ride through the forest with stunning views over the district.

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Vienna, Austria
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were told this was a must see by another guest. If you have children it might be interesting otherwise it just plain peculiar. A vanity project that may be inspiring to some - we were just worried about health and safety issues

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Thank Iancrosby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A potter engineered and built a small gage railway to haul clay off the side of the mountain. The train now hauls people round trip up the mountain for great views of the sea and peninsula. Something for everyone, with a fascinating engineering feat, breathtaking views, and a fun train ride.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip is well worth the money.It travels for one hour,literally up the side of a hill,and gives great views unique to this trip. Good for all ages,this is a great way to see some of this area very close to nature.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've done this twice before, and when heading back to Coromandel Town with a 7 year old grandson for the weekend, we added this to out list of places to visit. Driving Creek is unique, and the fact it was one man's vision somehow makes it more special and amazing. The train's a bit noisy, but the views and fun... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a brilliant way to spend a day travelling on Barry Brickells inspired narrow gauge railway winding its way up into the mountain. Spend time in the pottery showroom with a range of creative hand-crafted items. Great trip of all the family.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You travel up the mountain with all sorts of twists and turns to get there, to arrive at the Eyefull Tower . To disembark and take in all the panoramic views over the Coromandel Bays. The hill sides have been replanted with native trees. The train driver gives an very informative story how it all came about while there and... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This experience was recommended to us and did not disappoint. We enjoyed the train journey up the clay hill and the interesting commentary provided by the drivers. There were lovely views to look at all the way to the top but the view up there was absolutely stunning. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful which made the day and... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a rail trip on a narrow gauge line that travels through 2 spirals and 3 tunnels. Along the way you wind through a private forest, protected in perpetuity. The views are amazing - there’s viaducts, clay pottery figurines, innovative walls of rock, brick, tyres and bottles and many species of native trees and shrubs like the Kauri, Silver... More 

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