The Kingston Flyer is New Zealand’s famous vintage steam train, based in Kingston on the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu, a 40 minute drive south of Queenstown. The Flyer’s history spans over 120 years and it still departs Kingston Station three times daily during its running season (beginning September through mid-May.)
Indulge in the luxury of a bygone era, and let yourself be carried back to a time of Gold, Steam, Earth and Dreams! Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, listen to 1920s music and watch the spectacular scenery roll by.
The original Kingston Flyer was a passenger service that operated between Kingston and the Main South Line at Gore from 1878 through to the mid 1950s. It provided a passageway to Queenstown and the surrounding stations, by meeting up with the lake paddle steamers at Kingston Wharf.
Today The Kingston Flyer operates on a 14km stretch of track and consists of:
Two AB Pacific Class steam locomotives (NZ built)
|– AB 795 dating 1927 was a former Royal Train Locomotive|
|– AB 778 dating 1925|
And seven steam-heated wooden vintage carriages dating back to 1898.