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 now 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

Tour reservations:

Contact for DCR Administration:

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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  23 January 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 artistPassengers 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 rideThe '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.


Click here to Book Online


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 morning: 


  Entrance to Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Train Timetable 2015

  • High Season: (from 24th Oct 2015 to 3rd April 2016) Trains operate for two or more adults at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm over the summer period. We operate a 9am, 4:30pm and 5.45pm train for a group of 5 or more adult passengers.
  • Low Season: (From 4th April 2016 to 21st Oct 2016) Trains operate for two or more adults at  10.15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm and 2pm over the winter period. We operate a 3:15 pm train for a group of 5 or more adult passengers.
  • 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 2016

  • 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.


Getting Here


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.


Getting Wet!


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.