Driving Creek, Coromandel 3506, Waikato, New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
Epic New Zealand Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound