New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway along with a working pottery and wild life sanctuary.
Where Art, Engineering and Conservation uniquely come together at Driving Creek Railway Ltd
Please Note: Children under 5 years old are allowed on our trains.
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506
PO Box 87, Coromandel, 3543
Ph: 07 866 8703
International Ph +64 7 866 8703
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We are all saddened by the loss of one of Coromandel's most loved characters. Coromandel potter and New Zealand identity Barry Brickell died Saturday 23rd January 2016 in Coromandel aged 80.
Refer to our recent Media Release
Passengers on the Linx enjoying the ride through New Zealand's native bush and over one of the many viaducts - the work of Barry Brickell, owner, developer, conservationist, engineer and artist
The 1 hour return trip on our innovative designed trains takes you through replanted native kauri forest and includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up to the mountain-top terminus.
Called the Eyefull Tower, this handsome building (shown below) offers great panoramic views out over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf with the forested valley and mountains behind. The railway and pottery complex blends into the natural bush setting. The train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand.
The 'Eyefull Tower' at the end of your train ride
BOOKING: To avoid disappointment, please book at least 2 days in advance to reserve your seats.
The online booking is not valid until you receive an e-mail conformation from DCR.
Ph: 64 7 866-8703
Phone bookings with be confirmed if space is available with your call.
Late December, January and February bookings are heavy. Don't be disappointed book as earlier as you can.
Open daily 9.15am - 5pm
except for Christmas day and Anzac day morning:
Train Timetable 2015
Shoulder Season: 3rd April to 30th April 2016. Trains operate for two or more adults at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm and 3:15pm over the shoulder season period. We will operate a 4:30pm train for a group of 5 or more adult passengers. Call us to check tour availability for these times.
Low Season: From 1st May 2016 to 24th September 2016. Trains operate for two or more adults at 10.15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm and 2pm over the winter period. We will operate a 3:15 pm train for a group of 5 or more adult passengers. Call us to check tour availability for this time.
High Season: From 25th Sept 2015 to the end of day light saving 2nd April 2017. Trains operate for two or more adults at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm and 4.30pm over the summer period. We will operate a 9am and 5.45pm train for a group of 5 or more adult passengers. Call us to check tour availability for these times.
We are closed on Christmas Day and ANZAC day morning.
- ARRIVAL TIMING: You need to be at Driving Creek Railway Ticket Office at least 20 minutes before the train departure time. We may on sell your booking to stand by passengers if you are have not purchased your tickets 10 minutes before the train departure time.
- Once the safety induction talk begins, 5 minutes before train departure time, no further boardings can be completed. No exceptions.
Train Fares 1st December 2015 to 30th June 2017
- Adults: $35
- Children: $13 (4 to 16 years)
- Children under 4 years old free of charge. Special safety conditions apply.
- Family: $83 (2 adults and 2 children, 4 to 16 years)
- Family with extra children $7.00 each per child. (example 2A 3C = $90)
- Senior Citizens: $32 (65 yrs plus)
- Students: $32 (valid tertiary student ID is required for a student discount)
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AVAILABLE: PLEASE ADVISE WHEN BOOKING. We have to alter the seating to get the wheelchair on board. Please come early so we can assist you enjoy the ride and bush.
As well as touring the pottery complex you may also spend some time in the craft shop viewing the finished works. You can also find well-researched material on local history and ecology in our bookshop, as well as a variety of souvenirs.
2 3/4 hour drive from Auckland
Take the southern motorway to the bottom of the Bombay Hills, 30 minutes. Take highway 2 to Thames, 1 hour. From Thames take highway 25 to Coromandel. Driving Creek Railway is on Driving Creek Road 3km past the township.
The carriages do not have weather proof sides. If it is raining it is advisable to bring wet weather gear or you can buy plastic capes at the DCR Station to use and take away.