Climb aboard for a captivating 1 hour 15-minute Driving Creek Railway tour to EyeFull Tower, travelling through a regenerating native forest in The Coromandel. Be inspired as your Rail Guide tells the story of Barry Brickell and how pottery and conservation were influential in creating this truly authentic place. Our railway journey blends nature, history and engineering making it perfect for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience.
The Driving Creek Railway tour is a family-friendly and all-weather activity.
Bookings are absolutely essential!
Hi, Doug here. I moved to Coromandel a few years ago after years of looking for somewhere with forests and sea close together, and lots of holidays spent on the Coromandel Peninsula made it the obvious choice. I enjoy both fishing and conservation work as hobbies. Hope I can help others enjoy this place as much as I do, with the legacy Barry has left for us all.
Hey guys, my name is Russell. I’m originally from hamilton. I spend my time fishing and helping my lady with driftwood sculptures.
Kia Ora everyone, my name is Ray. I love the outdoors and working in an adventurous environment is my absolute passion so I look forward to sharing it with you!
Hi all, my name is Carmel. I started working at Driving Creek in November 2021, driving the trains. Now I’m spending more time in the pottery which I love. It’s great that I can develop the skills I learnt while studying ceramics in Galway, Ireland.
Hey, I am a Finnish addition to the pottery team and the most reluctant potter of us all, though being slowly converted with North’s hard work.
On a daily basis I am trying to keep the artistic types in line, take care of the office side of things, organise courses, coordinate residencies and keep the communication going in the form of our newsletter and social media posts.
I've had a fascination with clay from an early age and this led me to gaining a Bachelor of Ceramics and Glass from Sunderland University in 1987. Two years later, I emigrated to Aotearoa where I landed at Driving Creek spending over two years potting and working on the railway development at Driving Creek. Coming full circle, I am now back at Driving Creek again working to develop the Pottery. In between times, I've had a successful career in both ceramics and Glass, showing widely in Aotearoa and also internationally (Australia, UK, USA).
Heya! I’m a recent graduate from Whitecliffe College. Interested in community arts, my interest is in exploring clay’s association with creative well-being. I came to the Coromandel to teach the 8-week throwing courses at Driving Creek. Barry’s trains reminded me of my childhood love for Thomas the Tank Engine, so I’ve recently become a train driver too.
Howdy! I have a background in clothing and textile design, and recently completed a diploma of Ceramic Arts in Dunedin. I’m interested in therapeutic art practices and love rocks, mountains, and water.
Hi I’m Riccardo born in 1991. I completed a Visual Communication Design Degree at Massey University Wellington in 2012. I went on to work in interior design in Italy before coming back to New Zealand and discovering pottery. I’m interested in exploring and harnessing the local raw materials to make my clay and glazes.