TSS Earnslaw


SteamerCruise only: Daily, year round from Queenstown Steamer Wharf at 12noon, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Addition summer season departures (October to mid April) at 10.00am, 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

Walter Peak Farm Excursion (cruise, morning or afternoon tea and farmyard tour): Daily 12noon and 2.00pm. Additional summer season departures 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Walter Peak Horse Trekking (cruise, morning or afternoon tea and horse trekking): Available summer season only, daily at 10.00am, 12noon, and 2.00pm.

Walter Peak Evening Dining (cruise, carvery buffet and shortened farmyard tour): Available summer season only, daily at 6.00pm.


Cruise only 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 hours for summer 8pm departure only. Walter Peak Farm Excursion 3 hours 30 minutes. Walter Peak Horse Trekking 3 hours 30 minutes. Walter Peak Evening Dining 4 hours.


The engine roomKnown as the Lady of the Lake, TSS Earnslaw is a historic coal burning steamer which was once the lifeline for farming communities living around the beautiful, mountain ringed Lake Wakatipu. Feel the heat of the boilers and the throb of the steam engines on the trip across the lake to Walter Peak Farm and back.

Options include a tour of Walter Peak Farm, the homestead block of what was once one of New Zealand's most famous high country sheep stations (ranches), a shortened evening tour with a carvery buffet dinner, or a horse trek around the farm.


Walter Peak FarmReturn cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak Farm. TSS Earnslaw has a photographic display of the history of steam on Lake Wakatipu in the Fo'c'sle Gallery and a sing along around a piano on all cruises. Light meals and drinks are available for purchase from the Promenade Cafe and Bar.

Walter Peak Farm Excursion: Return cruise, morning or afternoon tea and a comprehensive tour of the farm. Time ashore is about 2 hours.

Walter Peak Horse Trekking: Return cruise, horse trekking and morning or afternoon tea. Time ashore is about 2 hours.

Walter Peak Evening Dining: Return cruise, shortened farm tour, carvery buffet dinner. Time ashore is about 2 hours 30 minutes.


Onboard entertainmentTSS (twin screw steamer) Earnslaw, which weighs 330 tons, is 168 feet long and has a beam of 24 feet, was built in Dunedin, dismantled, transported by rail to Kingston on the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu, and reassembled. It was launched in 1912, and still has its original twin steam engines developing 500 horsepower each and capable of pushing the vessel at 13 knots. Known as the Lady of the Lake, TSS Earnslaw has been a vital part of the lake's history, carrying cargo, livestock and people.

Walter Peak Farm includes the original homestead and homestead clock of what was once a 170,000 acre sheep farm running 40,000 head of sheep. First established in the 1860s, it was a failure until taken over by the MacKenzie family in the 1880s. The family, credited with developing many principles of successful high country farming, held it for 80 years. Visitors get to meet the sheep, learn its history, and visit the homestead and gardens.

Options include an Earnslaw cruise with a tour of the farm, a cruise with horse trekking, or an evening cruise with a carvery dinner.

Special Conditions

TSS Earnslaw undergoes an annual marine survey from late May to mid June. To comply with this and occasional other operating requirements, a launch may be substituted.
Walter Peak Horse Trekking and Walter Peak Evening Dining must be booked in advance.


Price per person: From $32.00
Child: From $10.00

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