The Kingston Flyer is an old steam train that ran between Kingston and Gore, Invercargill, and less frequently, Dunedin back in the 1980s. The train is no longer used for passengers, but was still operational as a tourist attraction when we saw it by chance while driving from Te Anau to Queenstown. We stopped afer seeing a white steam cloud from far away, and looking speachless at the train as soon as we got closer. We decided not to take a ride because we were running out of time and still had lots of things to see, but it was still a pleasure to look at it, as if it was driven to the present from the past times!
Unfortunately, I see from the Kingston Flyer website that the train is no longer working :(
Drive down to Kingston (located on the southern shore of Lake Wakatipu) and ride the Kingston Flyer down to Fairlight.
The Kingston Flyer is NZ's most famous vintage steam train.
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.
It still departs Kingston Station three times daily during its running season (beginning September through mid-May.)
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