The Kingston Flyer - a must do these school holidays
For fun, nostalgia and that warm and fuzzy feeling for kids of all ages, a trip on the historic Kingston Flyer is an essential addition to a Lakes District holiday itinerary.
The Kingston Flyer, New Zealand’s famous vintage steam train, chugs its way from Kingston to Fairlight with the mountain scenery of the Queenstown Lakes District providing a spectacular backdrop. Travelling on the Kingston Flyer evokes the sentiment of the 1920’s colonial era of romance and glamour and the sound and sight of the Flyer in action is truly magical!
New Kingston Flyer vintage steam train owner David Bryce says that even now, almost 7 months since the re-launch of the magnificent engine, his spine still tingles when the old girl puffs her steam and readies to leave the station.
"I love seeing the joy on people’s faces and not just the kids; people of all ages just love it."
The scenic lakeside drive from Queenstown to Kingston offers 40 km of mountain and lake scenery. From Frankton follow State Highway 6 south, shaded by the Remarkables and Hector Mountains meandering over ’The Devil’s Staircase" to the south- eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu.
The Kingston Flyer operates two daily excursions and is open every day during Easter and the school holidays. Trains depart Kingston at 10am and 1.30pm (full timetable details and booking details are available at www.kingstonflyer.co.nz). Bookings are not essential but to secure your seat they are recommended.
Train driver Mike Vaughn and Henry Wright from Auckland.