The Kingston Flyer - a must do these school hol­i­days

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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.kingston­ Book­ings are not es­sen­tial but to se­cure your seat they are rec­om­mended.

Train driver Mike Vaughn and Henry Wright from Auck­land.

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