Driving Creek Railway – Coromandel, New Zealand - Atlas Obscura
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Driving Creek Railway

Coromandel, New Zealand

This incredible narrow-gauge mountain railway was created by a ceramic artist. 

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This delightfully constructed forest mountain railway was originally built by Barry Brickell to collect clay and wood for his pottery art business.

Track laying commenced in 1975 and it took around 32 years to complete the 1.6 miles (2.7 kilometers) line to the top scenic station, the brilliantly-titled EyeFull Tower.

This is New Zealand’s steepest and arguably most spectacular narrow-gauge railway. It has it all, from big drop viaducts to several small tunnels covered in ceramic artwork from Brickell’s collection. 

Know Before You Go

To enjoy the railway fully visitors need at least three hours. This is a great hidden gem family attraction, there is also a zipline, wildlife sanctuary conservation tours, and a pottery school. 

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