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.


The viaduct


Up the track


Our driver - keeping us informed with a good commentary


Art in the wall


Tunnel. Yaaaaaaaaay!


Nice views from near the top.


Tunnel. Yaaaaaaaay!


A change of direction


Do not stick arms and heads out of train!!!


View from above


View of the bay


Pond at the top


Trees!


Heading back down the hill


The Eyefull tower


Kauri tree


There were two trains in operation.


Back past the wall of wine bottles.


Across the viaduct


Sculptures amongst the trees


Nearly there


Our train - Snake no 3


You have to read fast at junctions in Coromandel!


Waiau Falls


Chris at Waiau falls


Small stream


Up stream


Looking down on the falls


Kauri tree in the grove. Big isn't it!


Kauri Grove


Airplant


Kauri Grove. Hundreds of years old


The siamese kauri tree


Siamese tree


The Kauri Grove


The beach at Hahei


Hahei beach


Hahei Beach


Sun setting


Moon rising