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“Always awesome”

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
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USD 3,471.35*
and up
Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from...
Ranked #2 of 11 Tours in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Having been on this railway many times since I was a little kid, even now as an adult it’s still awesome. The drivers are all super knowledgeable and continue on Barry’s legacy. Beautiful views from the top. Well worth a trip

Thank Joe D
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This narrow gauge railway is great fun and the story of Barry Brickell is fascinating. The bottle banks will astound you and there's a cat's face on one of the tunnel entrances. The train drivers are full of information. A lovely way to spend an hour or so.

Thank jonathanhQ2639VE
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This could be seen as a geeky thing to do, but the railway goes through beautiful forest, it’s a wonderful story and achievement for this potter turned part time engineer. Do go and enjoy, a wonderful creation.

Thank Tekyinblack
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is a fantastic little railway! Quite an achievement to build, views are good no matter where you sit, peak times you need to book. Lovely time!

Thank greysurf
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Had a bonza time riding the railway and hearing the history of the site. Drove to Coromandel just to do this activity - worth the drive. Was somewhat frustrated as we had been told to wait at a particular spot a quarter hour before the train ride - the train didn't arrive until 10 minutes after it was scheduled - so a hang of a long wait to stand around (no seating at this point).

Thank ringthebells2
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