Northern Southland / Kingston

The Upper Mataura area in Northern Southland officially starts at Kingston at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. It includes the villages of Kingston, Garston and Athol, ending with a great view from the lookout on the Jollies Pass above Five Rivers.

Kingston, at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu is the home of the historic Kingston Flyer vintage steam train. It''s a great stopover between Queenstown (47km) and Te Anau ( 73km) with a range of accommodation options. There are walks in and around Kingston, cycling, hunting, boating and fishing and a lovely 9-hole golf course. In Kingston you''ll see many fine examples of quirky South Island cribs (holiday homes), an endangered species because you can''t build like this any more. Peaceful, friendly and a little bit different. Make sure you visit.

These small settlements were built along an historic railway line which was home to the vintage steam train, the Kingston Flyer, that operated train rides from Kingston. ...


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