TSS Earnslaw Cruise

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Step aboard the TSS Earnslaw Cruise - watch the stokers fuelling the fireboxes and hear the sound of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise of beautiful Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand. Be transported in style on one of the regular departures to Walter Peak High Country Farm. On board the captain provides an interesting commentary as visitors enjoy spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and the western shores of Lake Wakatipu.

The original steam engines can be seen in operation from the open viewing area. During the cruise the ship's pianist entertains with a variety of old favourites and visitors are encouraged to join in the sing-a-long around the piano.

Tea, coffee and delicious cafe style food can be purchased on board from the Promenade Cafe/Bar. Most food items are baked daily in the TSS Earnslaw galley.

Affectionately known as the "Lady of the Lake", the TSS Earnslaw has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people, as it will do with you when you experience the nostalgia on your next New Zealand holiday.


  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu
  • Walter Peak High Country Farm


  • View the engine room
  • Nostalgic Cruise
  • Historic displays in the Fo'c'sle Gallery


Departs: 12noon & 2.00pm all year PLUS 10am 01 Oct - 30 Apr and 4.00pm, 6.00pm & 8.00pm 01 Nov - 31 Mar from the Real Journeys Travel Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
Duration: 1.5 hours

TopAdditional Information

Children: Not suitable for infants aged 0-4 years. Children aged 5-14 years are at the child rate
Meals: Tea/coffee and cafe style food are available for purchase on board.
Operated By: Real Journeys

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