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Lake Wakatipu Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
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Lake Wakatipu Steamship Cruise from Queenstown

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This steamship cruise takes passengers across scenic Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS “Earnslaw.” This vintage vessel lets you relax while soaking up the views en route to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. You can even step foot in the engine room and watch the stokers in action. Tours depart daily from the Queenstown waterfront.
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Ages 0-99, max of 150 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • TSS “Earnslaw” cruise across Lake Wakatipu
  • Relax aboard Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship
  • Explore the decks or visit the engine room
  • Snacks and drinks are available to purchase from the cafe

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 30 minutes before departure and queue directly outside the TSS Earnslaw, you will be checked in by name. (You are not required to check in at the office prior to this time)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2264P26

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown?
    TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown price starts from $101.50. Discover and book TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
    What is the TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown cancellation policy?
    TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 30m. Discover and book TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2264P26

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    • You'll start at
      88 Beach Street
      88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
      Please arrive 30 minutes before departure and queue directly outside the TSS Earnslaw, you will be checked in by name. (You are not required to check in at the office prior to this time)
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Lake Wakatipu
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • RealNZ
      5,882
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2009
    • 907JLeMay
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Transportation
      Our return to the South Island was smooth as glass and fast. We enjoyed watching a variety of birds fly and bob along. We highly recommend this mode of transportation.
      Written 29 February 2024
    • 907JLeMay
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Transportation with Exceptional Views
      This was an excellent part of our adventure. It took one hour to arrive on Stewart Island. We enjoyed seeing wildlife, and time flew by. Parking in a secure car park is available (don’t park across the street from the terminal).
      Written 29 February 2024
    • christophergA5250ZY
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Steam boats are cool!
      Interesting boat trip with awesome views. Lots of history on board it's like a functioning boat museum. Didn't do the buffet so can't comment on that...not sure it was worth it.
      Written 29 February 2024
    • L7454XRtraceym
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not enough superlatives! Do it if you can!
      I experienced this overnight cruise in (NZ) summer with my adult daughter on the smaller boat which had 32 guests aboard and I echo all the positives shared here. The boat is well appointed, spotless and comfortable whether en suite or not (we selected shared bathrooms which were kept very clean throughout and it's only one night!). The crew are really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, giving information and commentary on the voyage (and taking videos and photos for us), the food is plentiful and of a very high standard and hot and cold drinks are constantly available. I strongly disagree with those who feel that the weather needs to be good! We had the most atrocious conditions in this very wet part of New Zealand, persistent heavy rain and low cloud, but this created the most spectacular waterfalls and mists for us, and created a fabulous, eerie atmosphere. A quick swim in the fjord in the pouring rain, followed by a hearty supper, was an incredible experience too ( those who kayaked in the rain were invigorated by their experience too). Just do make sure you have the right clothing i.e. layers and a good waterproof jacket and embrace whatever weather you get! This cruise isn't about 'dressing for dinner'! The cloud often lifts in the early morning so be prepared to get up early, wrap up warm, take a hot drink on deck to soak up the wonder and potential of our planet. Magic! I had previously taken a day cruise on Milford Sound and that is a different experience. Many more people and boats and just as likely to be wet weather, but if you have limited time then that's a wonderful taste of the fjords. However, if you have the time and can afford the (I think reasonable) fare then the journey to Doubtful Sound (a boat across Lake Manapouri and an entertaining bus ride to your boat) adds to the experience of a fjord without other craft and minimal people. I highly recommended it as a truly memorable experience.
      Written 28 February 2024
    • adriananast
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun evening!
      We booked this during a free day in Queenstown. The boat ride was charming. The buildings and gardens were just beautiful. The dinner was quite good. The farm show after dinner was great. Got to watch a dog working the sheep. Impressive!
      Written 27 February 2024
    • 946olivere
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great location, food, experience.
      I've done this dinner a few times now. Whenever I bring friends to Queenstown this is on the list. It's a great experience. The journey across the lake on the Earnslaw is beautiful. Walter peak station is really well kept and the food is so plentiful and delicious! Shout out to Elia, who was our server for the evening. All the team are great, Elia was extra awesome. Thanks for helping us have a fun evening.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • smckinna
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience and one of the highlights of our trip
      We absolutely loved the gourmet BBQ dinner cruise to Walter Peak Station on the TSS Earnslaw. The food was divine and the sheep dog and shearing show was a great added bonus. The Earnslaw has a wonderful history and is maintained in fantastic order. We highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Queenstown - you will not be disappointed.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • Taran_Singh91
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not Worth If You’re Vegetarian
      IF YOU’RE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN OR DF DON’T GO WALTER PEAK FOR LUNCH!!! Its not worth the price because they do not cater any special dietary requirement even after selecting vege or vegan at the time of booking. Disappointed Buffet for vegetarian. Booking #210510120
      Written 23 February 2024
    • paulgresham
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Magical trip!
      Our cruise around Doubtful Sound was awesome. We all met at the Manapouri Marina and were taken across the lake on a Real NZ boat for 45 minutes across the lake to the drop off point next to the ‘underground’ hydro electric power station Great commentary on the flora, fauna and geology of the lake and its surrounding hills and mountains. We then had a coach trip expertly driven and commentated by Tony over the Wilmot pass to the Deep Water jetty. There were a couple of stops to admire the amazing views. The boat is lovely. We had a small cabin with twin beds and an en-suite shower room which was perfect for an overnight stay. We were well looked after by Captain Brett, nature host Brock, the boat manager, Megan and her team. Excellent food and a well stocked bar. The cruise was fantastic helped, no doubt, by glorious sunshine and calm seas. No whales or dolphins for us but seals on the Tasman sea. The kayaking was fun (make sure you put insect repellant on) and some people swam. The morning started early but included 10 minutes of silence where everything was turned off and we all appreciated the waterfalls and birds. Different to Milford Sound but more ‘magical’’ in our view. Back the same way to Manapouri. A great 24 hours.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • pinkiew2015
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A good taste of horse riding
      If you have never experienced horse riding before, the tour offers a wonderful introduction. You'll have the opportunity to leisurely ride a horse through the farm, gradually ascending a small mountain and enjoying the breathtaking view. The only downside is that if you're assigned a late time slot for the ride, you might not have enough time to explore the farm on foot.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • V6945WMmarkh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Queenstown Experience
      The boat ride on the steam ship to Walter Peak farm is a great way to begin your evening. The Walter Peak staff are very friendly and helpful. They are also well organised. The food was fantastic, a buffet of wood roasted meats with delicious salads and vegetables. The after dinner farm demonstration was great to watch. A must do if you are in Queenstown.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • leanneh1991
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great new experience.
      This was an exciting new experience to do over at Walter Peak. It was just a small group of being shown around which was was great as it allowed us to all ask questions, the guides Sonya and Ashley were so knowledgeable and made the experience. Planting a tree, trying the fresh vegetables/fruit straight from the new garden and enjoying the afternoon tea after, all of it was good fun for all ages too, would definitely recommend.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • hughc877
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not to be missed
      I had been told that a trip on the TSS Earnslaw was something one must do in Queenstown and they were right. The boat itself is fascinating - one of the few coal powered steamers still operating in the world. We did the farm tour. Congratulations to Phil and Kim (Border Collie sheepdog) for an instructive and entertaining tour including shearing and demonstrating the fantastic prowess of sheepdogs
      Written 20 February 2024
    • JanetCfromSydney
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic day out!
      Fantastic experience with trip across the lake, the farm and afternoon tea. Lovely old steam ship and the mountains around are stunning.
      Written 20 February 2024
    • charlotte g
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great outing with only 1 complaint, but an important one.
      Excellent customer service & very well ran especially the sheep shearing portion. My only complaint & the reason why I couldn't give a 5/5 is because they kept running out of food. Our section of tables were the last to be able to go up. I’m not disgruntled about that. We had an amazing view and just enjoyed it while we waited. The issue: The salad & vegetable bar was completely ravaged thru & mostly empty for us last 30 people. We paid just as much as everyone else but we all felt like second class citizens. We were standing at the buffet for long period of time waiting for them to refill everything. Meanwhile this cut into our eating time because the sheep shearing show was after that. I don't like to complain & I am only doing this so that it won't happen in the future for others. I'm sure we weren't the first. Perhaps hire more people?? The meat was mostly gone as well, not quite as bad, but still it shouldn't happen at all because they do this meal at least 2 times a day & everyday of the week. Outside of this... (so when food was refilled), it was absolutely delicious. The sheep shearing show was really cool and informative as well!
      Written 20 February 2024
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    _MissLulaMaeBarnes
    London, UK43 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    My friend and I spent a pleasant two hours on board TSS Earnslaw while in Queenstown. The experience of crossing Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak is lovely with great views of the Remarkables and Queenstown. However, for the 80 NZD charged, they really do squeeze as many people on board as possible. If you want a seat - inside or outside - you better get in the queue early, and / or get your elbows out. While quite a few people got off the boat at Walter Peak to enjoy further experiences, it nonetheless felt like we were squeezed on to a passenger ferry when we had signed up for the experience itself. We both thought for the cost of the experience it would have been better to perhaps allow a little more breathing room.
    Written 23 January 2023
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    Joombie
    Newcastle, Australia245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We pre-booked the TSS Earnslaw well in advance and loved just cruising along the lake over the 90mins. We didn’t choose the lunch option which takes a lot longer, as we usually skip lunch, however people have told me it’s very good value. There is a bar onboard which was good, the staff are welcoming and to watch two coal fired steam engines is amazing, something I’m glad to have experienced. This tour on the Earnslaw was an absolute icon.
    Written 12 November 2023
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    Odyssey19447172586
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Absolutely loved it!! We did the afternoon tour with afternoon tea.

    The boat trip was really enjoyable and was great to explore the boat museum and steam room.

    And then when we got to the farm, Tim our guide was really great to listen to and very informative and entertaining.

    Afternoon was also very delicious.

    Would highly recommend this tour to anyone, especially those with kids
    Written 30 August 2023
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    DiveHQWellington
    Wellington, New Zealand29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    Really enjoyed the whole experience, being able to watch the crew and the engine was surprisingly interesting and the scenery as we headed to Walter Peak is stunning.

    The BBQ dinner at the Station is truly gourmet and we couldn't fault the quantity or quality of the meal. We also enjoyed walking around the farm and the 'dog show' was also entertaining.

    This was much better than I was expecting and I would definitely recommend it for everyone to enjoy.
    Written 23 February 2021
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    Happyjohnny
    Auckland, New Zealand407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    Taking the TSS Earnslaw to the Walter Peak station was rather a unique surprise. From boarding to the trip and the visit to the farm, I cannot fault the operation. It is certainly worth looking into NZ history.
    Written 20 August 2020
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    paulncath
    London27 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did this trip as friends had done the week before. On their trip there was a singer and a piano player, they loved it. On ours nothing!

    Commentary was appalling, the guy just mumbled into the microphone. Even standing right next to speaker couldn’t make out more than a few words.

    It was interesting seeing the stokers at work in the engine room, but otherwise an overpriced ferry.

    To cap it all overpriced tea and coffee tasted awful, when I complained was told some people like the taste. No apology, no refund, no alternative, just tough mate suck it up.

    Overall very disappointing.
    Written 3 February 2024
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    BerniceBruce
    Christchurch, New Zealand55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can see why she's called the Lady of the Lake. She has a dignified feel about her that comes with over 110 years service. She is beautiful, inside and out. Hubby was very impressed with the 3 cylinder steam engine, which can be seen working from a viewing platform above the engine room. They serve drinks and lovely biccies and loaf from the on board cafe.

    The trip across Lake Wakatipu was gorgeous. The lake was a little choppy but the boat handled it beautifully. The sights of the lake, the mountains and Walter Peak station were awe inspiring. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
    Written 25 November 2021
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    Chris
    West Pennant Hills, Australia9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    To start. Girl who took booking spoke so quietly nobody could hear here. She was unsure in what she said. Couldn’t answer our questions.
    Commentary poor. Intro recorded by an English man is good. But don’t know what happened after that! Sounded like an old guy who had never used a microphone before. Staff tried to say it was due to poor speakers. That’s wrong. Better to get a good English-speaking New Zealander to do the commentary. It was terrible. Nobody on our tour understood anything. Should have asked for money back.
    Written 1 March 2023
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    Cheryl P
    Tuckerton, NJ228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We boarded the TSS Earnslaw for a trip to Walter Peak Station. This 1912 steamship was remarkable. Spend time watching the crew shovel coal into the furnaces. Try to stay away from the belching smoke. The indoor area had comfortable seating and a small table area for snacks and beverages. This was a great way to see Lake Wakitipu.
    Written 15 March 2020
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    Ben
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    Best option to spend a relaxed couple of hours out of Queenstown.

    We caught the evening sailing, enjoyed some great food and drink from the onboard cafe.

    Unfortunately the electronic piano inside the grand piano body was a bit too much (despite the playing ability) with an electric synth sound, so we then intentionally headed away to where we couldn’t hear the ‘piano’.

    Which was great because we went to the much quieter downstairs, was mesmerised by the mechanical artistry of the engine room, the much nicer downstairs booths, and talking with the chief engineer for about half the outbound leg, and 3/4 of the inbound leg too. Big shout to the passionate and friendly engine crew!

    Lovely old ship and great relaxed evening after a busy day.
    Written 21 March 2023
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