‘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.
01 Oct 16 to 30 April 17:
9.00am 10.15am 11.30am 12.45pm 2.00pm 3.15pm 4.30pm 5.45pm
01 May 17 to 30 Sep 17:
10.15am 11.30am 12.45pm 2.00pm 3.15pm 4.30pm
Glide through the forest on this unique zipline canopy tour and experience Coromandel’s breath-taking native forest from all levels, as you fly above the trees and walk beneath the ferns.
Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey, to learn about Driving Creek’s transformation from kauri logging, goldmining and pastural farming, into a lush hand planted native forest, a haven for regenerating kauri trees and kiwi.
Two of our expert guides will greet and outfit you with the safety equipment you will need for the journey. A spectacular 18 minute train ride will take you up New Zealand’s only mountain railway to the start of your Ziplining experience. Your two friendly guides will then lead you along eight ziplines, which span through trees and across gullies and streams, to experience New Zealand’s native trees and birds, including our largest tree species, the Kauri.
Coromandel Zipline Tours is a fully charitable company with all the profits from your tour going towards restoring and preserving New Zealand’s native forests and supporting the New Zealand clay arts.