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Coromandel - Driving Creek Railway

This property is owned by New Zealand's renowned potter, Barry Brickell.

Driving Creek Railway - Coromandel TownProtected with a 23ha QEII covenant in 1994.

Take a train ride (fee applies) through replanted kauri forest on New Zealand's only narrow gauge mountain railway.

Visit Barry's operating potteries and a craft and gift shop.

See the adjoining native wildlife sanctuary protected with a 1.6ha QEII covenant in 2005.

School and tour groups are welcome.

Bookings advisable to avoid disappointment. 

Download article about Driving Creek Railway, Open SpaceTM magazine, Issue 55, August 2002 (1MB)

To book contact:

Tel/Fax: 07 866 8703

Email Driving Creek Railway

Driving Creek Railway website

Listen to Radio NZ interview with Barry Brickell 

(Click on above link and select your listening option)

Background to interview (aired on 1 May 2013): Barry Brickell moved to the Coromandel to teach high school in the 1960s. But less than a year later he abandoned teaching to set up a pottery studio and kiln on a property in Driving Creek. Fifty years later he's become one of New Zealand's most important ceramicists and has restored hectares of native bush, created a wildlife sanctuary and a railway that's carried more than a million visitors. The 78 year old's life's work has been brought together with a new book 'His Own Steam: The Work of Barry Brickell' and a major Dowse Art Museum retrospective.

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