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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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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
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380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Even though it was raining we really enjoyed the ride up to the eyefull tower a very well thought out track. Thanks also to the friendly staff very informative of how it was all put together.

Thank jessicak114
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not like a little train ride! This is a testament to a one of NZ famous potters who was able to build mostly on his own a fantastic train journey from his huge pottery studio up though a rainforest to a wonderful lookout....More

1  Thank ChrissyPortmacquarie
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Chris. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway. Barry has left us such a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hour long ride is interesting and fun with art works, amazing bottle walls and tunnels along the way. The journey through native forest ends at a high point - Eyefull Tower, from which are spectacular views. Thoroughly enjoyed the video too whilst waiting for...More

Thank Liz W
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Liz. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The railway, it's fascinating story - and that of it's creator Bruce Brickell, the scenery, the art placed randomly and the quirkiness made this a special and fun train journey. So cleverly designed and built. Stunning location. Highly recommend for all ages!

Thank JudyN1234
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your positive review Judy. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here with my partner. It is a short drive from Coromandel Town centre. The trip is a one hour train ride through the forests with the end destination being the EyeFull Tower. The journey up through the forest is very pleasant. Our driver was...More

Thank Leki9
DrivingCreekRailway, General Manager at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your positive review. So glad you had a good time at Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. We pride ourselves on giving you a really authentic experience and the views are amazing aren't they?

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting information from a friendly guide. A very ramshackle railroad and great fun. Great views from the top

Thank Annie B
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This really is a 'must do' if you are on the Coromandel. The venue operators are very passionate and take great care to ensure everyone enjoys the visit. The narrow- guage rail takes you over some real feats of engineering and the back-story is amazing....More

Thank christinelm2017
Reviewed 3 October 2018

To be honest I wasn't expecting a lot, but I was thoroughly amazed at the ingenuity of railway build. It really is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and learning some of the history as your travel up the hill on this...More

Thank StevenE1723
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We're glad we booked a couple of weeks prior to our trip as we discovered on our arrival that all the sessions for that day were fully booked with standby lists. The staff are passionate about continuing the work of Barry Brickell as well as...More

Thank Natalie E
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

This was an AMAZING tour to do! Cannot believe the stunning views, inspirational vision and work of one man to create this train experience - do it! You will not be sorry.

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travelbug0810868
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.
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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
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