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Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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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 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.
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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed it here. The vision of Barry, inspirational. The train ride was amazing and well worth doing. And if you are in to art and pottery then check that out too (not my thing). A great visit for families or couples.

Thank Neil H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a real treat. The 15" gauge railway built by artist Barry Brickell is superb. The rolling stock, built by the Driving Creek Railway people themselves, climbs steeply using a switchback system. It crosses several viaduct, including a unique double decker!! Brickell, along with...More

Thank SJK055
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great trip up to Eyeful tower. Spectacular views, interesting commentary on the construction and upkeep along the way. A fab way to spend the morning!

Thank Michael Richmon... B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was not planning to do this trip but as Gold Stampede were closed we gave it a go. Although this was quite an expensive attraction we turned up at the ticket office and went on standby as fully booked for the day. Glad we made...More

Thank nickeastwood52
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the third time I've been up with family visiting and each time, the visitors are initially unsure about it and a bit skeptical thinking that it will be one of those overpriced touristy things, but the ride goes a full hour with lots...More

Thank Kiwigirl341
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The whole family enjoyed including toddler, teenagers and grandad. Fun ride, beautiful scenery and the stories and commentary from the friendly driver made the ride really interesting. If you are a clay work enthusiast you it’s definitely worth visiting.

Thank SongofaTui
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went up this yesterday afternoon. Wonderful trip and worth every penny. The construction of this was the vision of one man who wanted to attract people to his pottery but now seems to have become the reason for visiting here! Wonderful views over Coromandel...More

Thank BathUKMan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Climb aboard this train 🚂 for the unique experience of one mans life’s work Barry Brickell laid all the tracks constructed bridges , tunnels and some surprises which you must go to see, and at the top the eyefull tower lookout which has spectacular views....More

Thank Karlanais
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A local chap recommended trip to us and I’m so glad we listened to him. Fun, beautiful and inspiring. Great “engineering” and craftsmanship. Take the time to watch the video.

Thank RhysterNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small narrow track train ideal for families, chugs its way slowly through the forest. Great background story to the man who built it - a local potter and ex-teacher. Forest has been replanted with native trees and a predator exclusion fence begun at the bottomw...More

Thank costello_m
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28 October 2017|
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Response from Dave D | Reviewed this property |
A light rain, yes. Depending on the cloud cover your view at the top may be obscured. The ride up is under a canopy of trees and should be protected from the rain.
28 February 2015|
Response from Ian M | Reviewed this property |
InterCity NZ operates daily buses from Matamata to Rotorua and vice versa. Their website has all the information including online booking. There is a private tour operator running tours from Rotorua to the Hobbiton Movie... More