Best Places for Backpackers in Kingston, New Zealand.

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Top 1 hostels in Kingston, New Zealand.

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Lake's End Lodge

Lake's End Lodge is a character Villa on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. Surrounded in mountains and farmland, in the cute wee village of Kingston, we're your home away from home. Kingston is 30 minutes from the airport, and 40 minutes from Queenstown, tranquil and welcoming. We're off the off the b...
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Perfect for Outdoor Activities

It was a sight to behold the last time I visited. I went in October which was a rather rainy month, so I suggest visiting in summer where there is a better chance of great weather. It had been raining quite often the week before so the stone pathway and grass were damp in some places. As a walked in I was awed that such a green haven could be found right outside the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica. The path leads into a circle with lots of shrubberies, including chairs and tables with ample shade at the right time of day. Leading off from the circle are several paths moving outward and deeper into the garden. There is also a gazebo, just in case you don’t feel like having a picnic in the grass. If you are up to hiking there is a small hill which I imagine offers a great view at the top, right next to the gazebo. The wonderful tall palm trees are a sight to see. I don’t think I’ve seen palms that tall anywhere else in Jamaica. If you are a plant fanatic, this is your place to be as the trees and shrubs are labeled. Some of them no longer exist on the island while others retain their place of birth and have spread all over the country.  The group I went with had a picnic in the shade after we played some fun outdoor games. It’s perfect for any type of outdoor activity since it has lots of grass and shady spots.

Christine Collins


With some of the warmest people, you will ever find, Jamaica is divided into 14 fourteen parishes. Here are my thoughts on each: Kingston The life of the party will like it here. It’s busy, full of vibes and is party central for Jamaicans and tourists alike.The parish is actually apart of an area called Kingston and St. Andrew and is only a small fraction of the parish. Here lies Trench Town– birthplace of Reggae legend Peter Tosh, home to Bob Marley… and the Wailers.

Colette Campbell

Kingston, Jamaica: Top 10 must see sites

Though Kingston is the capital of Jamaica, it is one of the places least visited by tourists on the island. This is because Kingston serves as more of a business hub for the country and so lacks some of the islands typical charm that is more often found on it’s north coast. There are however quite a few must see geographical, historical and cultural sites that lend themselves to getting a more comprehensive experience of Jamaica. Here is a top 10 list of must see sites in Kingston:

Jodi-Ann Masters

Jamaica: The secret Third-World Country

In January 2014, I embarked on an adventure with my sister to Jamaica, I had no idea what I was getting into and it was shock to the senses when I finally did arrive. I touched down in Kingston on a hot January afternoon; I had waited for three months, with anticipation, to finally see my family’s home country and I was excited to meet people that I wouldn’t necessarily associate with in England and to understand the culture of my ancestors. I had done my research into Jamaica before heading there, talked to a family friend who had been there several times and I was in high spirits, eager to get stuck into a country that I had never been before. I remember the drive from the airport to where we were staying and I also remember, vividly, the look of horror that passed between my sister and I as it finally dawned on us that Jamaica wasn’t the tropical paradise that we had, so foolishly, envisioned.

Abena Malcolm

5 Budget Things To Do In Kingston On The Weekends

Whether you are from Jamaica, or you are a tourist, there are many fun things that can be done in Kingston on the weekends; even with a small Budget. The perception that many people have is that if you really want to have a good time, you would need to spend a lot of money. Below are 5 activities you can do in Kingston that can be tailored to your needs and will suit any budget.

Mouricia Allen

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