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“bush experience on rails”

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
Ranked #1 of 10 Tours in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 February 2014

the traveling on the mini width gauge railway was a great thrill plenty of native bush a chance to see the silver fern in its glory the ride to the top great spiral viaducts tunnels scenery afar includin g waihiki island and whangaparoa well worth the trip friendly staff pays to book

Thank aNTHONY74TONY
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

The railway was built by a potter to transport clay; it gradually lengthened and is now 3km long. It's a delight for both sculpture (me) and train (husband) fans. The track is wonderfully scenic, winding up a hill with a marvellous view at the top. Dotted along the track are sculptures and idiosyncratic sights - such as retaining walls made of bottles. All the bricks used in the construction he made by hand. There's also a studio and sculpture garden at the terminus where you can browse his works. Good idea to book as it can be busy.

Thank dianavd
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

The whole thing is one man's dream as described by the train driver.

The whole experience is full of fun and well worth the money. The trains cut through many different terrains until they reach the Eye Full Tower on the top where you oversee the whole peninsula and even Waiheke island.

It's a must visit especially for family with kids. Our sessions were so busy that they were fully booked

Thank Benny P
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Perhaps I'm not in the targeted demographic, or I have missed the 'vision' of the artist, and perhaps I may sound harsh, but I am surprised by the glowing reviews this attraction has received.

The scenery is nice, and perhaps the international tourists would find it a novelty, but after 10 minutes of native nz forest it was just a train ride through the forest. Perhaps the trip could have been dotted with more of the artists pottery to showcase the inspiration of the artwork.
There is no eating establishment on site, which is a given to most attractions. And again I think is also missing the opportunity to showcase the artwork of the various artists.
It needs some refinement and improvement to be truly a tourist must do.

Staff were pleasant and friendly.

Would not go again, and not recommend to my family or friends.

Thank L G
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We went on a very busy day, but thankfully had booked in advance. It was very crowded on the train and the staff gave a constant commentary (almost too much, it's nice sometimes to just enjoy the trip, not have it interrupted with constant 'jokes').Very relaxing way to spend the afternoon. We were surprised at the size of it, and the views were great. A very enjoyable train ride and worth visiting. Definitely book at this time of year as there were many people waiting for places that just weren't available.

Thank Nieci48
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