Visit Kingston, Queenstown, NZ

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  • Kingston is at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu, about 45 minute’s drive south from Queenstown, or 90 minutes east from Te Anau. It is popular for its lake-based activities such as fishing and boating, as well as for walking and mountain biking trails. 

    The drive to Kingston from Queenstown, which skirts the lake and includes some dramatic ascents and descents near The Remarkables mountain range, is a popular activity in itself.

    Kingston’s highest-profile attraction is a restored 1890s steam train journey known as The Kingston Flyer, which connects the town with Fairlight, 14 km to the south.

    Accommodation in Kingston (NZ)

    Kingston’s main accommodation is a complex that includes 4-star motel units, camping and campervan sites. There are also bed & breakfast and lodge establishments.

    Parking for motor homes and campervans is provided FREE at the Kingston Flyer railway station.

    A small number of self-contained flats and holiday homes are available for rental.

    Transport around Kingston

    Apart from travel over the lake (charter boat or water taxi), and travel from Fairlight via steam train, the main way to reach Kingston is via a scenic highway that skirts the lake and, around The Remarkables mountain range, over a series of ascents and descents known as “the Devil’s Staircase” – a challenging ride for mountain bikers, but an exhilarating one for motorcyclists.

    Tourist Activities around Kingston

    The Kingston Flyer is a restored steam train, dating from the 1890s, which runs along a 14 km stretch of track to the town of Fairlight, part of the once-existing Queenstown to Gore line. This excursion is a favourite of railway enthusiasts, also enjoyed by sightseers of all ages.

    Easily accessible from Kingston are high-country and lakeside walking tracks, maintained by the Department of Conservation to a high standard. There are also local sites for rock climbing.

    A cycling trail that connects with Fairlight and the Kingston Flyer is currently under construction and expected to come into full operation late in 2013.

    Kingston has a 9-hole golf course, set by the lake. It is an easy-walking course, with no bunkers, that allows players time to appreciate the excellent scenery and clean mountain air.

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