173 - 12th July 2006 - Coromandel to Hot Water Beach
Driving Creek Railway
This entire railway was built by one guy - Barry Brickell
He originally built it as a way to bring clay down from the hill to his pottery shed
Here's some firewood for the kilns
He got a bit carried away. Over 20 years later it is a major tourist attraction.
He has left it in his will to the people of New Zealand
This is a unique double viaduct. The train rounds the corner and comes back over the top.
Under the viaduct
Lots of native trees have been planted here
Barry used to drink a bottle of wine whilst working. He made walls from the bottles.
Up the track
Our driver - keeping us informed with a good commentary
Art in the wall
Nice views from near the top.
A change of direction
Do not stick arms and heads out of train!!!
View from above
View of the bay
Pond at the top
Heading back down the hill
The Eyefull tower
There were two trains in operation.
Back past the wall of wine bottles.
Across the viaduct
Sculptures amongst the trees
Our train - Snake no 3
You have to read fast at junctions in Coromandel!
Chris at Waiau falls
Looking down on the falls
Kauri tree in the grove. Big isn't it!
Kauri Grove. Hundreds of years old
The siamese kauri tree
The Kauri Grove
The beach at Hahei