380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel
Ph/Fax: 07 8668-703
New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway along with a working pottery and wild life sanctuary.
DCR celebrates its 1 millionth passenger!
Barry Brickell congratulates Ms Yoon Lee from Auckland who was the 1 millionth passenger to take the train ride.
Driving Creek Railway began in October, 1990, taking just 21 years to reach this important milestone.
click here to read about this amazing achievement.
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 innovatively 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 new 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 'Eyefull Tower' at the end of your train ride
The train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand. To avoid disappointment, please book at least a day in advance to reserve your seats.
You can either request a booking online or use phone or fax when booking ahead.
Ph/Fax: 64 7 866-8703
Open daily except for Christmas day and Anzac morning: 10am - 5pm and whenever the trains are running.
Train Timetable 2013
- 10:15am & 2pm daily throughout the year
- over the summer period, additional trains run at 11:30am, 12:45pm, 3:15pm and 4:30pm.
- extra trains may be available at 11:30am, 12:45pm, and 3:15pm throughout the rest of the year for groups of more than 5 adults.
Train Fares 2013
- Adults: $25
- Children: $10 (up to 15 years)
- Family: $60 (2 adults and 2 children)
- Special Excursion Rates: $24 for seniors and $23 students (with ID)
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.