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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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Great forest train ride

Marvellous feat of engineering completed by a man with a purpose. Narrow gauge railway with switch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ann P
Tuross Head, Australia
Nice train ride in the rain forest.

Nice train ride in the rain forest. Beautiful location, lovely old train carriages climbing the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
+64 7-866 8703
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Marvellous feat of engineering completed by a man with a purpose. Narrow gauge railway with switch backs, tunnels, quirky pottery features along the way and a stunning vista at the top of the hill - the Eyeful Tower! Really enjoyable.

Thank Ann P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice train ride in the rain forest. Beautiful location, lovely old train carriages climbing the mountain. Fantastic views on the way up and at the top.

Thank Frank846
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've lived over the hill for seven years but never taken the train tour, so having the 5yr old grandson was the encouragement. An hour of classic Coromandelness - beautiful native forest, creativity and DIY engineering brilliance, culminating in gorgeous views over the Hauraki Gulf...More

Thank kiwihilz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit if you are in coromandel whether with kids or not. The driver is a very nice bloke and he would share the story as he drove along. The views are amazing on top of eyefull tower!

Thank Jane Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This railway journey was such fun, the 60 minute trip was lovely. Interesting history and engineering details, an impressive feat. Stunning views at the 'Eyefull Tower'! Suitable for all ages, and adults got just as much pleasure as children. Good value for money. Just book!

Thank SarahHall773
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't imagine all the work and vision the owner of this railway had, to take it from a working unit to what it is today. All the pottery, the bottle walls, the reverse turnaround points, the bridges, all the way up to the Eiffel...More

Thank CdnNZgal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clearly a labour of love to create a magnificent little railway switch backing up the mountainside culminating in great views from the Eyefull Tower. The drivers provide a helpful commentary describing the history and the efforts to manage the ecology of the area. An absolutely...More

Thank Jvweel
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This was such a surprise. We thought, small tourist railway. Ugh! BUT, this was a surprise. Such an enjoyable tour of the life passion of Barry Brickell, a famous NZ potter who converted a clay quarry into a delightful trip through the jungle and forests...More

1  Thank Dave D
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

A must see if you are in the coromandel. Its an iconic place unique in the world . Good fun and beautiful scenery. Good for all ages.

Thank careya3
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

What an amazing trip. 1 1/2 hours. It was raining but not foggy. Good views from the real Eyefull tower (the one in Paris is just a counterfeit). Well worth the money we paid. The driver was very knowledgable about the history of the area....More

Thank TonyCase
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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