Contrary to the name, Kingston is the minor spouse of Queenstown. It is a tiny town on the southern end of Lake Wakatipu, about forty seven kilometers from Queenstown. It has none of the recognition of its Queen nor anything to do besides a tourist train.
The Kingston Flyer, as the train is known, is all the town is associated with. It is a tourist trap that doesn’t really go anywhere. My tour bus stopped here on its way to Milford Sound for what reason I could not deduce beyond the owner of the Kingston Flyer paying them to.
Having a coffee, looking out over the clear blue lake, and watching the steam train slowly pull out of the fake station was how I spent our hour or two here. Afterwards we continued our journey without me having walked more than fifty meters from where I stepped off the bus.
Kingston would be great for a nice quiet picnic but it offers very little to tourists, unless you are a fan of trains. Stick with Queenstown on the North of the lake and make Kingston a rest stop on your drive south and all will be well.