The Kingston Flyer
The Kingston Flyer vintage steam train Sunday outing!
The Kingston Flyer is a restored vintage steam train which played an invaluable part in the region’s early history. The locomotive takes passengers on a memorable 90 minute scenic journey back to a bygone era – a time of gold, steam, earth and dreams. Take a step back in time on our historical vintage steam train powered by the mighty AB795 Steam Locomotive.
Sit back in our vintage carriages – reminiscent of the days of the pioneers. Admire the spectacular scenery along the 14km rail corridor from the Kingston lake shore, to Fairlight Train Station and back.
The staff are great with kids – they’re welcome to explore the train, ask lots of questions and check out the loco. There are photo opportunities galore but a favourite for everyone is watching how the loco turns around at the 14km mark for its return journey.
Board the Kingston Flyer at Kingston Foreshore. There is a cafe and public toilets here and public toilets at Fairlight. There are no facilities available on the train but you are welcome to bring your own or cafe food to enjoy during your 20 minutes turn-around at Fairlight Train Station.
The train will arrive at Fairlight Train Station where all passengers will be asked to disembark for a turn around time of 20 minutes. Once you have arrived you can use this time to use the facilities, take photos, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, purchase merchandise and watch the steam locomotive turn around. The Fairlight Train Station is open to the Kingston Flyer train passengers only, and is not open to the general public at this time. There are no train departures directly from Fairlight.
Kingston is a breathtaking 45 minute drive from Queenstown via State Highway 6. The winding drive meanders past the foot of The Remarkables and the Hector Mountains while following Lake Wakatipu to its eastern edge. The turnoff is easily spotted from the main highway; simply follow the main road (Kent Street) all the way to the Kingston Flyer Cafe & Bar where our friendly train staff will be waiting to greet you.
Free parking is available outside the cafe located near the Kingston Foreshore.
Train departs Kingston every Sunday at 10.30am & 2pm. Bookings are essential.
Departures may vary over Christmas.
Please check the schedule to confirm departures
Adult $75, Child $25, 4 years and under are free.
A “Whistle-Stop" History Tour
Before the railway was built, getting to Queenstown was quite an adventure – the easiest way was to take a horse-drawn cart from the south followed by a trip on a small boat. Once the train line was completed, the Kingston Flyer took passengers between Kingston and Gore from 1878 through to the mid 1950s. It provided a vital link to the Wakatipu goldfields by meeting up with the lake steamers at Kingston Wharf.
Nowadays, the Flyer operates as a tourist attraction on a 14km stretch of track from Kingston to Fairlight (28km return journey) which has been preserved from the original railway.
Discover the full history of the Kingston Flyer here >>
Other Kingston Activities
The township is a great spot for picnics and the lakefront includes picnic and BBQ areas, playground and toilets.
You’ll also find excellent fishing, a golf course, bowling green, tennis courts, restaurant, café and bar.
There are a number of well-marked walks ranging from ½ hour to 3 hours, easy to medium, starting from the furthest point of the beach, past the Kingston Flyer Railway Station.