Pacific Coast Highway

We took the scenic route from Auckland headed to the Coromandel Peninsula this morning.

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Right outside of a little town called Miranda, we lost our way on the Pacific Coast Highway and found ourselves stopping at a roadside cafe for coffee, tea and directions. I discovered the most incredible outhouse I have ever seen.

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The window looked like this from inside…

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Locals at the cafe recommended we take a ride on an “eccentric” little railroad located just north of the town of Coromandel. We headed in that direction, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way.

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The Driving Creek Railway turned out to be as eccentric as described and well worth the stop. The wee railway is an adjunct to Driving Creek Potteries, a studio and residency for potters from around the world.

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The studios and railway are the brainchild of Barry Bricknell, who began building the railway, by hand, up a mountain on his property in 1973. Today, the train, made on site, terminates atop the mountain at the Eyefull Tower.

Pottery enclaves are scattered throughout the ride up the mountain…

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and needless to say, the views along the way and up top are spectacular.

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