Lumsden, steaming ahead - Roadside Stories

Roadside Stories, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Steam shaped the town of Lumsden, which boomed from the late 1870s as a major railway junction. The Kingston Flyer train took travellers to the shores of Lake Wakatipu, where they crossed the lake to Queenstown or to lakeside farms by steamer -- most famously the elegant SS Earnslaw. Northern Southland, Lumsden mural, The SS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Railways, — Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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