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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
What to expect
Make your way to the Steamer Wharf at Queenstown’s waterfront, and present your voucher for a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. The "TSS" in the name stands for “twin screw steamer”, and the TSS Earnslaw is the last remaining coal-fired passenger steamer in the southern hemisphere, propelled by a pair of screw propellers mounted on either side of the hull. You have time to explore the ship during the cruise, and don’t miss the chance to head below decks to the engine room, where stokers feed a roaring coal fire. Explore the small onboard museum that's located in the forecastle, or head to the TSS Earnslaw’s café, where snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There are also dramatic views of the mountains that surround the lake, which has a maximum depth of 1,250 feet (380 meters) before making the return trip across Lake Wakatipu to Queensland’s Steamer Wharf, where this tour concludes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2264P26
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 20 minutes before departure to check in.
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 20 minutes before departure to check in.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    88 Beach Street
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 20 minutes before departure to check in.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
  • You'll end at
    88 Beach Street
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 20 minutes before departure to check in.
    See address & details
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Cheryl G
Rotorua, New Zealand23 contributions
Lake Wakatipu best cruise
An iconic steam ship was a must do on our list of things to do and it didn’t disappoint. The views on Lake Wakatipu are majestic. The boat is loving well preserved and its really interesting to be able to see the mechanics of it all working from viewing platforms.
Written 16 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DiveHQWellington
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions
The Earnslaw Cruise & BBQ - definitely worth it!
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jacqui T
Wellington, New Zealand64 contributions
An iconic Queenstown experience
Jan 2021
Just do it. I did the dinner cruise a while ago so went with the 90 minute cruise to Walter Peak station and back. It was a stunning day and very hot so the lake breeze and a couple of glasses of wine really helped. The Earnslaw and it's size and the ability to see how a steamship works is just as fascinating as it ever was.
Written 17 January 2021
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Erena K
7 contributions
Great experience
Nov 2020 • Couples
This was a grear experience. Would highly recommend jumping on board and going for the cruise. We didn't get off for the gourmet bbq, which meant we had the boat almost to ourselves on the way back - bliss! Great, friendly staff.
Written 6 November 2020
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Hank311326
Ashburton, New Zealand19 contributions
A Great trip up the lake
Oct 2020
A great trip up the lake to Walterpeak
Really enjoyed the BBQ Lunch and a walk around the local area .
Smove cruise
Written 30 October 2020
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Happyjohnny
Auckland, New Zealand353 contributions
Old school
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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Therese
Queenstown, New Zealand3 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Aug 2020 • Family
What a lovely surprise. So glad we went on this adventure.

Queenstown itself is beautiful but seeing it from across the water and the surrounds is even better.

We went on TSS Earnslaw with the family...parents, siblings, and school/preschool aged kids... what a memorable time it was for me..and I hope for them too when they got to see and feed farm animals.

Great Kiwi experience I think. Thank you so much
Written 4 August 2020
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michaelwebster65
Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
A wonderful evening
Mar 2020
We arrived in Queenstown on the 14th March for a quick 4 day stay, and one of the things on our "to do" list was the Walter Peak Dinner Cruise. We managed to book for that very night and we are so glad we did. It is an incredible vessel with so much history attached to it, my fiancee and I loved sitting up near the bow out it the open air enjoying a couple of drinks on the journey across to Walter Peak where we enjoyed an beautiful dinner (good enough that I actually went and thanked the chefs). We also saw a great exhibition of a working sheep dog and shearing show. I have previously been on this cruise many years ago and it was fantastic to be able to do it again. We can't wait to come back.
Written 12 May 2020
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Cheryl P
Tuckerton, NJ224 contributions
Travel back in time!
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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Cathy V
32 contributions
Put your feet up
Feb 2020
Taking the steamship ride is a good way to relax if you're tired of walking/shopping, etc. and there are nice views. But, if short for time, I'd give this a miss. There's nothing special about it and for that reason, it's overpriced. There are more economical ways to get the same views, so I'd look into those instead.
Written 6 March 2020
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Kia ora, we are disappointed to read your review about your recent experience on the TSS Earnslaw. The 90 minute return cruise aboard our 107 year-old vintage steamship allows you time to enjoy and explore the boat while seeing its rich history first-hand. There is plenty to see and do on board, from visiting the engine room to exploring our mini-museum, joining in a sing-along with our pianist or just sitting out on the deck taking in the amazing Queenstown backdrop. There is also the option to disembark at Walter Peak and experience our delicious BBQ Lunch & Farm Show. Thank you for your feedback - the team at Real Journeys.
Written 8 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Just Awesome
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Great way to spend the afternoon
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WELL WORTH VISITING WALTER PEAK STATION FOR THE VIEWS, FOOD & FARM EXPERIENCE
The Earnslaw boat trip to Walter Peak Station was great with the amazing views and history. Able to see the engine
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Exploring all the nooks and crannies
I've been to Doubtful Sound several times over the years, always as day trips unless you count school camp at Deep
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Fantastic!
We loved our experience, a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The Earnslaw cruise was informative and it was fun
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A 'Must Do' in Queenstown
It's the best way to see the lake, so many stunning vistas. Plus it's nice to take in Queenstown on a non adrenali
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Beautiful
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Must-do experience
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Great experience, beautiful sound
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Worth every cent. Great staff, information, food and views.
This was definitely worth doing. With doubtful sound being further away, this gives you such a great opportunity to
Fenchurch40
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Simply stunning!
This is a must do trip for kiwis and international visitors -and well worth the cost. The hard-working staff are a
Hine42
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Once in a lifetime experience for all
Spectacular scenery even in the rain. The Milford Mariner provided superb food and catered to my food intolerances.
Roger C
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Happy Days
Hoping for fine weather, we should have been disappointed with the misty clouds and scattered rain. However the we
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Highlight of our trip on the South Island
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Bucket List Experience
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