380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel

PO Box 87, Coromandel, 3543

Ph: 07 866 8703


New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway along with a working pottery and wild life sanctuary.


Please Note: Children under 5 years of age are not permitted to travel on our trains at present. We sincerely regret this situation.


24-Dec-2011Barry Brickell congratulate Ms Yoon Lee - the one millionth passenger to take the train ride.

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 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 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 train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand.


Because of a recent incident involving a small child on the railway, the Rail Regulators of the New Zealand Transport Agency have placed an age restriction on the Driving Creek Railway
- no children under five years to be carried on our trains until further notice.  
This is only temporary.



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 except for Christmas day and Anzac morning: 10am - 5pm


  Entrance to Driving Creek Railway and Potteries

Train Timetable 2015

  • High Season: (from 24th Oct 2015 to the end of day light saving 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.  

Train Fares 2015

  • Adults: $30
  • Children: $13 (5 to 16 years)
  • Family: $73 (2 adults and 2 children 5 years and over)
  • Special Excursion Rates: $28 for seniors and $25 students (with ID)

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 for $1.00 at the DCR Station to use and take away.