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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Closed Now: 08:30 - 17:45
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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...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 3 days ago via mobile

Loved hearing about Barry Brickell and the history behind this amazing little railway. Run by great enthusiasts - maybe volunteers? not sure.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank APH100
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a nice time on the Creek railway tour. Learned a lot but it would have been nice if there was a cafe, restaurant or even just fresh water to buy something to eat or drink. interesting facts about the history of the railway...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rene656
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the ride in December and was very disappointed with the railway ride as the carriages have limited and restricted views especially if you are mid or back of the train with people restricting your view ahead and the trees and dense vegetation are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank UKC0uple
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving creek railways is a narrow Guage railway originally built to move clay and other potting supplies. I went with my mum, husband and 3 boys aged 10, 12 and 13. Everyone enjoyed the ride and looking at the pottery displayed all the way up,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rangingmummy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had time to fill and this was a great decision to go on the train ride. The staff are lovely people and the driver was very informative and friendly. The train ride itself was a fun attraction and a good story to go with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tessahdavidson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the trip, the train driver was nice and informative. There are some good views and some great construction to look at. But it feels like it’s soul is lost now that the original builder has passed on.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank classicchch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This rail trip was full of delightful treats and Keith was an excellent driver and host. There is plenty to see and there’s interesting background about this quirky attraction. It is charming! On the day we visited a breakdown had caused delays (no problem with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GrumpyManLovelyLady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This narrow gage railway built initially to get clay to a pottery has become an interesting and fun attraction in its own right. With a windy railway up the mountain and tremendous views from the top, it's something kids and adults will enjoy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank olivergruterandrew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. This was Engineered and Constructed mainly by One man in order to transport clay down from the hill into his Pottery Factory where he produced all kinds of amazing stuff from Pots...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Spider S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The is a mad and random railroad in the middle of nowhere. It’s a fun ride with great views. Clearly the object of one man’s passion for miniature railroads, it’s become a real attraction. Do it!

Date of experience: December 2018
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29 December 2018|
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Response from Grandvisitor | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know there are still potters using the site, however the founder died some time ago but has gifted the whole site. This place is well worth a visit. Barry Brickel did an amazing job creating this attraction.
18 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.
18 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