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Driving Creek Railway Tours

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!

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cross 10 bridges
10 bridges
three tunnels
3 tunnels
native forest
Native forest
scenic views
Scenic views
New Zealands only mountain railway
NZ’s only mountain railway

Tour Prices





4 - 16 Years


2 Adults + 2 CHildren
Please ensure you arrive 20 minutes before your booking time.

Other things to do at Driving Creek

Railway Team

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.


Rail Tour Guide & Pottery Tutor

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!


Rail Team leader

Hey guys, my name is Russell. I’m originally from hamilton. I spend my time fishing and helping my lady with driftwood sculptures.


Rail Tour Guide

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.


Rail Tour Guide

I started pottery in 2014 when I became an apprentice at the Leach Pottery in St Ives. I worked as part of the production team there for eight years and now I'm at Driving Creek to start a new production studio. I love making pots for everyday use and I'm particularly interested in wood firing.


Production Pottery Lead & Tutor

Hi, I’m Riyah from Cornwall. I’ve always been a very creative person and have a love for art, ceramics and nature. Driving Creek brings all of this together so I'm super happy to be part of the team here.


Pottery Social Media Coordinator & Collections Coordinator

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.


Pottery Administrator

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).


Pottery Team Leader

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.


Pottery Tutor & Production Worker