Driving Creek

Experiences for Everyone

Driving Creek has things to do for everyone with three unforgettable tourism experiences in Coromandel, New Zealand. Discover our railway tour on New Zealand’s only mountain railway with bridges, tunnels and spectacular ocean views, our eight zipline canopy tour that traverses above the treetops through native forest, and our creative wheel throwing pottery classes and workshops.
We are a truly unique not-for-profit organisation in that began as a grass-roots pottery in 1973, and offers immersive experiences that take you on a journey where you learn about the incredible story of Driving Creek's creation, the land's pioneering history and conservation initiatives.

Visit our pottery store and explore our wheel-thrown pottery that adds something special to your everyday moments. Each piece of our pottery reflects the artistic journey that has unfolded over the past 50 years.
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Our Journal

Deals & Combos

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Our Purpose

Nestled in the heart of The Coromandel, Driving Creek is more than just a tourism operation. It’s a testament to the late Barry Brickell's pioneering spirit and unwavering dedication to art and conservation. Barry paved the way by creating a unique artisan pottery and planting over 27,000 native trees, transforming the land into a lush native forest.

Following Barry’s wishes after his passing in 2016, Driving Creek is now a not-for-profit organisation that delivers on his vision to protect and enhance the environment through pest animal and weed control, and enrich the artistic community with our unique artist residency. Join us in exploring New Zealand's natural qualities while supporting our conservation and pottery efforts.
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Pottery & Residency

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