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Kingston Flyer

Address: Kingston Railway Station, Queenstown 9748, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64-3-248-8848
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Ranked #124 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Canberra, Australia
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335 reviews 335 reviews
177 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Although we new the flyer was closed permanently (the business is for sale) we visited to look at the buildings and rolling stock. We had taken a ride on it 20 years ago so such a shame that it's not operating. Do hope that someone can come up with the money!

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

A unique and very enjoyable experience. We saw it first time in 2009 then in 2011. Unfortunately it is closed now. Hope it gets going soon.

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Cleveland, OH
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158 reviews 158 reviews
57 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stopped here on the chance they might be open but they were not. According to their web site, they will be closed for all of 2013 and 2014. To bad because it sounded like fun.

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

On 29 April, we stopped at Kingston, a very small town on the bottom of Lake Wakatipu. We were lucky enough to catch the last Kingston Flyer steamtrain trip for the season. We travelled 1st class in our own stateroom with leather seats and a table and at their lovely Station cafe we bought our own lunch to eat along... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Very disappointed with the customer service of this attraction. We booked a trip on the flyer back on 10 December 2012 for a trip on the 27th December. Only after processing our booking we were informed that this service is not operating until February 2013. We have contacted this company on several occasions to get a refund as we were... More 

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Clinton, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We bought the deluxe tickets on the train for my sons birthday and we had so much fun!! We got a little cabin to ourselves with beautiful padded seats. a platter of yummy local foods and a bottle of wine. Before we left we got something to eat the the station in Kingston and that food was fabulous too. The... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We splurged on a bird cage carriage for the two of us with platter and wine. I don't drink wine but my husband said it was like drinking vinegar. The platter was great - variety + and very yummy!. The trip itself is worth doing if only to keep a slice of history in operation. The scenery was pretty, the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our trip sealed the wait of five years to come back to Queenstown area to visit with my husband and my mum ( making her first visit to New Zealand and the South Island.) The Kingston Flyer was one of the best trips we took and was a marvelous experience for all three of us. It is a 'must do'... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

If you love trains then this is the trip for you. About 30 mins out of Queenstown the train leaves from Kingston funnily enough. 1/2 hour trip, 1/2 hour there and 1/2 hour back. So many people lining the road to take photos. A must do.

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Amazingly well-maintained despite the age of the train. We see a lot of old couples doing this I guess this is somewhat nostalgic. The first time we went the train wasn't running (perhaps fire hazard?) but they ran the locomotive back and forth a few times for tourists to take pictures which is very nice. Went back again on the... More 

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