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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

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Address: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
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+64 7-866 8703
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Barry Brickell (acclaimed potter, painter, engineer and conservationist)...

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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Eccentric and entertaining.

We were recommended this attraction and were not disappointed. A must visit in Coromandel in our opinion. The central attraction is a narrow gauge railway which takes you 3km... read more

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Fort William, United Kingdom
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Fort William, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were recommended this attraction and were not disappointed. A must visit in Coromandel in our opinion. The central attraction is a narrow gauge railway which takes you 3km uphill to a splendid viewpoint, the Eyefull Tower! This is a fine trip for all the family as it negotiates a series of bridges, switchbacks and tunnels on the climb. The... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The story of this place is about a man's dream that finally turned reality after 15 years of hard work. One can only appreciate the ammount of thought and engineering that went into building this "Train Ride". If you're nearby this area, you have to visit it. Do go earlier to watch the video documentary about the life of Barry... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our 4th visit,this time with friends from Dunedin who said it was the highlight of their trip so far around the Coromandel. Dawn our train 🚂 driver was informative and passionate, made the ride even better. Stunning views from the Eyefull tower. A wonderfull legacy from a very talented man, Barry Brickell, impressive to think he built the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The story behind this cool attraction is so awesome and we loved the views during the entire ride! SO much heart and soul was put into this place that you cannot help but love it!!!!

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Thank AndreaA09
Leeds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It started as a pottery, but the reason people visit is to travel on the 3km railway track up the hill to a wonderful viewpoint. The staff are enthusiastic and very informative, and added to the experience. There are viaducts, tunnels, many points changes (including one where the train seems to be in midair), and ultimately a viewing platform with... More 

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Thank MikePatx
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Awesome day for it calm and clearvGreat views. The train driver gave us a very informgative commentary. Barry was an amazing man

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Thank Christine W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The premise, of course, is completely bonkers. The execution, of course, is utterly, uttlerly fabulous. Barry Brickell was a local potter who found clay on a plot of land half way up a mountain that he owned just outside Coromandel. He built a narrow gauge railway to trundle the dug clay down the mountain to his studio. Locals arrived at... More 

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Thank Colin H
London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic tour, not to be missed. Art, engineering and conservation with stunning views from Eye full Tour! Take the time, you will not be disappointed.

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Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the night, bbq, glow worm train ride and absolutely loved it. The scenery is spectacular, and the story of Barry so inspirational. Thank you Dawn for a wonderful evening. You made a unique, memorable experience very special!

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Bateau Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So glad we took the time to visit this wonderful unique spot. So much to see. Amazing to travel on the carriages up to The Eyefull Tower and learn so much of its history on the way. Beautiful pottery and other items for sale as well. Will definite tell anyone travelling to Coromandel to take the time to do this.... More 

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