On one of the Coromandel’s most popular day trips, you’ll visit the famous Driving Creek Railway, venture through the 309 Kauri Grove and stroll to the beautiful Waiau Waterfall.

What’s included

Driving Creek Railway mountain train ride – Enjoy a one-hour return journey on New Zealand’s only narrow gauge mountain railway as it takes you through replanted native kauri forest and ceramic sculptures. Arrive at the railway’s iconic vista point, the EyeFull Tower lookout for superb views.

Bird sanctuary, art gallery and Driving Creek Café – You’ll have time to enjoy all the nearby attractions, just 200 metres down the road.

309 Kauri Grove – Make your way through the naturally regenerating rainforest, right into the heart of this spectacular grove. The well-formed walking track leads to the most mature kauri stand on the Coromandel Peninsula. Hear stories about the forest from your guide, and enjoy a personal encounter with these magnificent giants.

Waiau Waterfall – You’ll take a short walk to visit this beautiful waterfall and popular swimming hole, surrounded by native bush. This is a photographer favourite!

Scenic shuttle transfer – Enjoy the quick ride to Driving Creek Railway and take in stunning views along 309 Road. The tour also includes return transfer from the Coromandel ferry (Hannafords Wharf) via Coromandel Town.

Driving Creek Railway admission fee is included.

Tour overview

  • Driving Creek Railway Tour
  • Guided Kauri Forest Experience
  • Stories and commentary about the area from a local expert
  • Beautiful photo opportunities


Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours

Availability: Tour operates on weekends only, in conjunction with the 360 Discovery Cruises Coromandel ferry

Departure Time: Tour departs Coromandel Town at approximately 12.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Schedule: We’ve partnered with a local tour company to provide a bespoke Coromandel experience. As all tours depart from Coromandel Town, we provide a complimentary shuttle from the wharf. You’ll have time to explore the town prior to your tour departure. Here’s what your day will likely look like: 

  • Ferry arrives in Coromandel Town: Approximately 10.45am
  • Shuttle to Coromandel Town: Meets the ferry at Hannafords Wharf, and arrives in Coromandel Town at approximately 11.15am
  • Free time to explore Coromandel Town until scheduled tour departure
  • Tour departs Coromandel Town for Driving Creek Railway: 12.15pm
  • Pick up from Driving Creek Railway for return to Coromandel Town: 1.55pm
  • Tour departs Coromandel Town for Guided Kauri Forest Experience: 2.00pm
  • Tour returns to Coromandel Town: 3.15pm
  • Shuttle to Hannafords Wharf: Departs Coromandel Town (Samuel James Reserve car park) 30 minutes prior to scheduled ferry departure

TOUR + FERRY (same day return): Adult $160   Child $85

TOUR + FERRY (open return): Adult $180   Child $100

TOUR ONLY: Adult $85   Child: $40

Bookings for this tour are essential, and places are limited. To secure your ferry and tour package, please book through our call centre:

Email: 360 Discovery Cruises or Ph: 09 307 8005

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