New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway travels through regenerating native forest with pottery sculptures lining the track
This train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand.
Passengers on the Double Decker bridge enjoying the ride through New Zealand's native forest
Pottery kilns - where the whole venture started
Number 3 Tunnel with tiled pottery murals
Enjoy a 1 hour return trip on this scenic narrow gauge mountain railway. Travel through regenerating and replanted native kauri forest where unique pottery sculptures line the track. The train includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up the hill to the Eyefull Tower. (shown below)
At the top there are panoramic views out over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf.
Before your return trip your driver will explain about the man who originally built the railway to bring clay to his potteries and wood to fire the kilns.
Click The Train Ride on the left sidebar to view the experience.
As well as browsing the pottery complex (under reconstruction 2016 -2017) you may also want to spend some time in the craft shop viewing the finished works for sale. There is also a selection of well-researched material on local history and ecology as well as a variety of souvenirs for sale.
Suitable for all ages and weather conditions.
380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel 3506
Just 3 km north of Coromandel Town
Ph: (07) 866 8703
International Ph: +64 7 866 8703
The online booking is not valid until you receive an e-mail conformation from us.
Train Fares: (1 Dec 2015 to 30 June 2017)
Please book in advance to reserve your seats, especially over the busy summer period.
Children: $13 (4 to 16 years)
Under 4 years old free (Special seating conditions apply)
Family: $83 (2 adults and 2 children- 4 to 16 years)
with extra children $7.00 per child. (example 2A+3C = $90)
Seniors: $32 (65 yrs plus)
Students: $32 (valid tertiary student ID is required for this discount)
Open every day of the year, except for Christmas day and Anzac day morning.
Departure platform at the ticket office Sculptures around the grounds Eyefull Tower at the summit
Train Timetable: (2016-2017)
We will run trips for 2 or more Adults at the following times:
Please arrive 20 minutes prior
to departure time- see below
Winter: (4 June to 23 Sept)
10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm and 3:15pm.
Check for extra train times over Queens Birthday (4-6 June) and school holidays (9-24 July)
Spring: (24 Sept to 31 Oct) 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm and 3:15pm.
You can charter* the Possum railcar for 4.30pm.
Check for extra train times over Labour Weekend ( 22-24 October)
Summer: (1Nov to 24 Dec) 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm and 4.30pm
You can charter* the Possum railcar for at 9.00am and 5.45pm. Call us to check tour availability for these times.
Holiday Peak: (26 Dec to 30 Jan) 9:00am 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4.30pm and 5:45pm. Call us to check tour availability for these times.
Summer: (31 Jan to 30 April) 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm and 4.30pm.
You can charter* the Possum railcar for at 9.00am and 5.45pm.
Call us to check tour availability for these times.
*It is best to ring us about the Charter trips:
- Typically if we have a group of 5 or more adults we will put on a train on for the 'charter' times given. These then become scheduled trips that others can join.
- Where there are less than 5 adults you may choose to charter the train - at the cost of 5 adults.
So please feel free to ring us to check out the options.
- Trains run to a schedule so you need to be at our Ticket Office at least 20 minutes before the train departure time.
- We may on sell your seats to stand by passengers if you have not purchased your tickets 10 minutes before the train departure time.
- Once the safety induction talk begins- 5 minutes before the train departure time -no further boardings can be completed. No exceptions, sorry.
Wheelchair Access available: Please advise when booking as we have to alter the seating to get the wheelchair on board. Please come early so we can assist you to enjoy the ride.
You will have a roof over your head however the carriages do not have weather proof sides.
If it is raining it is advisable to bring wet weather gear. We also have plastic capes available for purchase at the shop to use and take away.
2 hours 45 minutes drive from Auckland
- although this will depend on which part of Auckland you are travelling from and also if you are travelling during heavy traffic conditions.The roads to Coromandel experience considerably more traffic during the summer months and holidays.
GPS coordinates S 36˚44.205 E 175˚30.254
From Auckland -
- Take the southern motorway to the bottom of the Bombay Hills (30 minutes from city)
- Turn left at the Thames turnoff onto Highway 2 & travel for 1 hour.
- Turn left at Kopu roundabout (the 2nd exit) onto Highway 25, travel past Thames on this lovely coast road to Coromandel Town.
From Coromandel Town -
- Turn right at the T-intersection at the Coromandel shops.
- Travel for 2.7km to where the road forks.
- Take the right hand fork which is Driving Creek Road (the sign post points to Kennedy Bay)
- Head down the road 300 metres to the first bend and you will see our car park on the right.
Or go to the Google Map in the Menu on the left.
Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
Where Art, Engineering and Conservation uniquely come together
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. He leaves this legacy of Driving Creek Railway and Potteries for our continued enjoyment.
Refer to our Media Release page
PO Box 87, Coromandel, 3543
Barry at work in his studio