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Kingston Flyer Steam Train

Experience the magic of steam travel on the Kingston Flyer, one of New Zealand's most iconic train journeys.

Experience the magic of steam travel on the Kingston Flyer, one of New Zealand's most iconic train journeys.


  • Step back in time on a vintage steam train
  • Relax and unwind on a 2 hour return journey
  • Spectacular scenery on the drive to Kingston and on the train journey

The Kingston Flyer is an iconic vintage steam train that departs the picturesque town of Kingston in the South Island of New Zealand. Located only 40 minutes from Queenstown, the train is powered by the mighty Ab795 steam locomotive and takes passengers on a 1.5-2 hour return journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.

On the journey, you will travel from the sparkling lake on the Kingston foreshore, past alpine mountains, and into the green pastures of Southland. You will also get to learn about the history of the train and the area through commentary from the onboard staff, chat to our friendly drivers, roam the vintage carriages, and get close enough to touch the steam engine.

When the train arrives at Fairlight Railway Station, all passengers disembark for a 20 minute turn around. During this time you can use the facilities, take photos, enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, purchase merchandise or watch the steam locomotive turn around. Children are encouraged to "race the engine" by running along the fenced area. its a lot of fun!!

Adult $75.00
Child $25.00 (5 to 16 years)
Infant $0.00 (4 years and under)

What's included

  • 2 hour train ride from Kingston Bay to Fairlight station and back
  • fresh water, coffee and tea is provided at Fairlight station


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Kent Street
  • Kingston 9793
  • New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages to consume on the train.

    Food and drinks are also available to purchase from the Kingston Flyer Cafe or Bar, however please check on their website for opening times.

    The Kingston Flyer is smoke-free and alcohol-free, no smoking or drinking is permitted on board.

    Please allow an hour for the drive from Queenstown. No public transport is available.

Available Bookings from 19 May to 1 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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ernster from New Zealand wrote on 15 January 2024


rabbit so sweet burgers - Erina’s daughter

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grantg8 from New Zealand wrote on 14 November 2023


Thoroughly enjoy the day, first time the old girl had been out for a while

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vanessal12 from New Zealand wrote on 05 May 2024

Going back in time!

Had a great time on the flyer. I hadn't been on it in nearly 40 years. Brought back a lot of memories. My partners 1st time on it..he was like a little kid! Thank you Kingston Flyer team. Great bunch of volunteers.

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aarona6 from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2024

Great Day Out

A relaxing afternoon trip back in time on the iconic Kingston Flyer, got a good discount on Book Me.

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GAVIN JAMES from New Zealand wrote on 15 April 2024

Great ride on 100yr old steam train

The thoughtful attitude of the staff was much appreciated.

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