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“Good for kids”

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
Ranked #1 of 10 Tours in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
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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: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good for kids”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was a great attractions. I have been many years ago but it has changed a lot since then! It had great views from the top at the Eyefull Tower as they call it, and the kids enjoyed the train ride. It was a really decent length ride too - about an hour long. The things to see along the way were fantastic too and great to hear all about their environment efforts that they're doing there. One recommendation - take warm clothing - its cold on the way up in an open train in bush.

Visited July 2014
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“An adventure worth remembering”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The amount of information given to you throughout this journey is great. you get to learn about Barry Brickell, and the life he lead. The train climbs 100 meters up the hill, originally to obtain clay for Barry's pottery, but now so a wonderful view to be seen by its customers. The entry price was around $27 for an adult. The ride in total was about 1hr, as it takes about 25mins to get to the lookout point. Make sure you take a camera with you as there is a stunning view and a few pieces of pottery that are worth a picture.
On your way home you must stop at the "Driving Creek Cafe", as I had an amazing pumpkin soup and a lovely hot chocolate there!

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A unique adventure into nz”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Wow. Wat an incredible experience we had. The history behind the track is very impressive and it's future is one of a few true assets to the New Zealand people. Well done Barry. Spectacular and hard to believe you and your friends built such an amazing track.

Highly recommend to everyone

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Driving Creek Railway”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Another highlight of our trip was the Driving Creek Railway, a quaint little train taking us higher and higher up into the natural bush and stopping at the Eyefull Tower where we disembarked and had fantastic panoramic views. It was amazing to read and here about how this scenic railway came about. Hats off to Barry Bricknell and all the hard work that went into establishing this place. A great place to take the family, young and old. We would thoroughly recommend the Driving Creek Railway.

Visited March 2014
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“Amazing and beautiful place”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

One of the highlights of our whole trip to New Zealand! Every bit of this experience was wonderful. There's something for everyone here; from the little trains and cleverly engineered, entertaining, and scenic railway up the mountain, to the more than stunning views from the Eyefull Tower at the top over the beautiful coastline, islands, and amazing array of trees. The wildlife/bird sanctuary when you come back down is an added bonus not mentioned in leaflets and is free to visit after your train ride - they let you in with a key and you are left free to wander at your leisure. Its a large fenced area to protect ground nesting species from predators, and set among beautiful and exotic plants, trees and ponds. The birds are fed in particular areas so a wide range of their beautiful native birds can be seen and heard. A viewing platform gives you a grandstand vantage point. Back at the station potters can be watched at certain times and their products bought at very reasonable prices in the interesting shop. Loved it all!

Visited August 2013
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