Driving Creek Railway

Driving Creek Railway featuring forests and railway items as well as a small group of people

Driving Creek Railway

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Ride on a narrow gauge railway, check out the artistic pottery, marvel at the tunnels and bridges and take in the panoramic views of this Coromandel attraction.

Take a journey on the Driving Creek Railway to zig-zag up a hill through the bushland on the Coromandel Peninsula in a fun and original way. This narrow gauge railway was originally built to supply wood and clay to the adjoining potteries, but it now mainly serves to take tourists on scenic rides.

Get your ticket and jump on board the small train. The return trip takes about an hour and shows many interesting features along the way. The ride encompasses two spirals, three short tunnels, five reversing points and several small bridges, so you won’t be bored for a minute. Check out the interesting sculptures and pottery features that line the track, a nice reminder of the railway’s origins.

Wander out onto the viewing deck of the hexagonal Eyefull Tower at the top of the railway. Enjoy the views out across the Hauraki Gulf and of the islands dotted among the sparkling seas. The bushland that surrounds the railway is slowly being regenerated as exotic plants are removed and natives, such as the kauri tree, are replanted. This vegetation carpets the hillsides in green lushness adding to the sweeping views.

Listen to the train driver’s commentary about how the railway and potteries were built. Imagine the work that went into building the railway during the 25 years over which it was constructed. Hear how potter Barry Brickell has been the driving force behind it all since 1975.

Make sure to have a look at the pottery on display once you arrive back at the starting point. You can purchase pottery, books and souvenirs of your visit in the shop. Take a walk around the small wildlife sanctuary area to complete your visit to this unusual yet amazing place.

The Driving Creek Railway is situated just under 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside of the town of Coromandel on the Coromandel Peninsula. This hilly attraction is best reached by car, but energetic walkers can get there on foot. The railway is open 7 days a week. Trains run at scheduled times, so booking ahead to secure a seat is recommended. Prices are per seat and family discounts are available.

321 Cheap Hotels Near Driving Creek Railway

Harbour View Motel Coromandel
Harbour View Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
25 Harbour View Road, Coromandel, 3581
The price is NZ$94 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (271 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful host."

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Coromandel Cottages
Coromandel Cottages
4 out of 5
1737 Rings Rd, Coromandel, 3506
The price is NZ$127 per night from 15 Jun. to 16 Jun.
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4.6/5 Exceptional! (133 reviews)
"Good location, quiet , clean and well set up."

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Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
448 Wharf Road, Coromandel, 3506
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$120 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"No issue, accommodation was good. Only slight complaint was that no milk was supplied and did not know this until all the shops were closed to purchase some."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
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Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
636-732 Rings Road, Coromandel, 2851
The price is NZ$70 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
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Harbour View Motel Coromandel
Harbour View Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
25 Harbour View Road, Coromandel, 3581
The price is NZ$94 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Harbour View Motel Coromandel
Coromandel Cottages
Coromandel Cottages
4 out of 5
1737 Rings Rd, Coromandel, 3506
The price is NZ$127 per night from 15 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Coromandel Cottages
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
448 Wharf Road, Coromandel, 3506
The price is NZ$120 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Hush Boutique Accommodation
Hush Boutique Accommodation
3 out of 5
425 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, 3506
Hush Boutique Accommodation
Coromandel Court Motel
Coromandel Court Motel
4 out of 5
365 Kapanga Road, Coromandel, 3365
The price is NZ$170 per night from 21 May to 22 May
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Atea Lodge
Atea Lodge
4 out of 5
1070 Driving Creek Rd, Coromandel, Waikato, 3583
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Indigo Bush Studios
Indigo Bush Studios
4 out of 5
19 Flays Road, Coromandel, 3506
Indigo Bush Studios
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
243 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato, 3584
The price is NZ$92 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
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