‘Driving Creek Railway and Potteries’ is the country’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway that began in 1975 and built mostly by hand by Barry Brickell, a rail enthusiast and potter who originally wanted access to the clay and pine wood for his kilns. Today it is one of the top visitor attractions on the Coromandel Peninsula, a ‘Must Do’ when visiting Coromandel Town. Enjoy a delightful ride through New Zealand native bush, crossing over one of the many viaducts, tunnels and spirals before reaching the terminus at the mountain top called the ‘Eyefull Tower’ that offers stunning panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf.
Climb aboard for a captivating one-hour railway journey and be inspired by the story of oneman’s lifetime passion to bring Art, Conservation and Engineering together to create Driving Creek. Witness the extraordinary engineering feat as your train travels on its 381mm wide track
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable train drivers will entertain you with the story of Barry Brickell and how this amazing place came to be, as your tram winds its way up to the EyeFull Tower lookout, traveling through a native forest of regenerating kauri, rimu and ferns.
Hear how pottery has played an important role in creating Driving Creek and of our work to return the Driving Creek property to pre-European times as we travel over large viaducts, through tunnels and reversing points.
Spy hidden gems along the way, unique pottery sculptures and artworks. This is much more than a railway journey. Suitable for all ages. An all weather activity.
climbing 120 metres over a distance of roughly 3 kilometres. Learn about our ‘Native Forest Restoration Project’, to restore the magnificent kauri forests that grew here before their exploitation for timber and about our ‘Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary’ whose vision is to provide a vermin proof wildlife sanctuary for indigenous species.
Visit the craft shop where you can view domestic and sculptural pieces made by the potters who have worked at the potteries. Browse in our bookshop and visit the sculpture garden and art gallery.
Each evening through summer we provide an exciting 7.00pm departure Barbeque Tour to EyeFull Tower where you can watch the sunset and enjoy your own barbeque dinner.
We will return back to Base Station once it gets dark so we can view the glow-worms on the banks lining the track.
For the BBQ at the EyeFull Tower we provide, BBQ, tongs, tables and chairs. You bring your own plates, utensils, food and beverages (bring a torch).