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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 21 936 090
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Very cute, great views at the top.

I think at $30 per adult it's a bit expensive but we enjoyed it nonetheless. The driver gave us... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2015
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
via mobile
The potteries train

This was a re-visit for us after 6 years. It was just as enjoyable this time and we thiroughly... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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: Summer- 9.00am, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm and 5.45pm Daily Winter - 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm and 4.30pm Daily As this attraction is extremely popular we strongly suggest you book your seat; especially over the summer period.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 21 936 090
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Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

I think at $30 per adult it's a bit expensive but we enjoyed it nonetheless. The driver gave us lots of information on the way up/down about the surrounding bush, area and the history of the railway itself. The views at the top were break...More

Thank Connie_Hopper
Reviewed 8 October 2015

This was a re-visit for us after 6 years. It was just as enjoyable this time and we thiroughly recommend it to visitors of any age.

Thank JDouglasA
Reviewed 3 October 2015

This railway is a pod example of a project that started out as one thing and ended up as something almost totally different. It began as a small line to array clay and wood for fuel down to the pottery and ended up as an...More

1  Thank manofekent
Reviewed 28 September 2015

We did this a few years back it was great. takes a few hours and beautiful views at the top. Very interesting place.

Thank travel166
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Great place , we took train ride in the rain, the smell of wet vegetation soothing. Driver very knowledgable, felt very safe. Enjoyable time had by all.

Thank Queenie54
Reviewed 25 September 2015

For anyone interested in pottery, native bush, conservation projects, railways, or just a really interesting well-run experience, this is unmissable. Only deficiency: lack of acknowledgement of 1000 years of Maori history, and local Maori projects today.

Thank Charmaine2491
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Inspired by the story behind the railway. We didn't plan to ride the train, but did so to fill the time. And we are so glad we did. The construction of the railway was carried out by one man, Barry Brickell. His passion and determination...More

2  Thank SW123L
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

What a treat! If you love NZ scenery, bush, pottery, local knowledge, history, going on trains and just kiwiana in general, you will love this! My hubby and I had a great time and really worth the ride fee. Conservation at its best! Thank you...More

Thank Gabrielle P
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

The train is such a cool piece of engineering. Built entirely by hand using traditional methods (sort of). It is one of the only zig zag designs in the world. Retaining walls are built with beer and wine bottles and it has a double decker...More

1  Thank thegomez2345
Reviewed 26 August 2015

We chose to ride the railway & it was a truly lovely experience. The feat achieved to build such an attraction up the mountain through deep vegetation is impressive, but the view offered from the tower at the top is spectacular. Thank you :-)

1  Thank James D
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28 February 2015|
Response from Ian M | Reviewed this property |
InterCity NZ operates daily buses from Matamata to Rotorua and vice versa. Their website has all the information including online booking. There is a private tour operator running tours from Rotorua to the Hobbiton Movie... More