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About
Cruise on Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw. Relax on board and admire the stunning alpine scenery whilst you cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Explore the decks, view the engine room, watch the stokers in action or purchase delicious snacks/ drinks from the Promenade Cafe. Operates daily, all year (except during annual maintenance).
Queenstown, New Zealand
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2023

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Jayne M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a shame. We were a group of locals and visitors celebrating a milestone birthday. The whole dinner was rushed, we were only just finishing off our mains when we were told we had 10 minutes or else we would miss out on the desert buffet. An extra 30 minutes of dining time is much needed to get a sense of value for money, and to enjoy the ambience of the place. The on-boat entertainment was poor to middling. Bring back the piano sing song please. Service was very good and food ok for a buffet. But not value for money folks.
Written 23 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent experience, we're sincerely sorry for falling short of your expectations during this special celebration. Your comments about the timing and the rushed feeling are valuable, and we will address this concern with our team to ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for our guests. Thank you once again for bringing this to our attention.
Written 24 January 2024
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E8709
London, UK184 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
The ship tour fell a bit short of my expectations. I wouldn't recommend doing just that. While you get a glimpse of the ship and get closer to the mountains, it doesn't quite hit the mark. Exploring other water tours might offer a more exciting experience.
Written 29 December 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're sincerely sorry to hear that the cruise did not meet your expectations. We strive to be transparent with our guests on what to expect from all of our experiences, and are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. In the future, may we suggest cruising to Walter Peak farm station, where there is a vast variety of activities including farm tours and our BBQ Dining experience. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
Written 24 January 2024
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Don Pettit
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We’ve done this experience three times and each time we have thoroughly loved it. The boat is a gentle, lovely sail on an incredibly beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains and vistas. The lunch is top quality, with amazing barbecue and a broad selection of food and lovely wines. The farm show is entertaining and educational, giving you a glimpse of the rural life. A great way to have some fun in Queenstown! Three times is not too many!
Written 20 December 2023
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Thank you for your fantastic review of the TSS Earnslaw Steamship and BBQ Dinner at Walter Peak! We're delighted you enjoyed the experience just as much the third time around and found the scenery as beautiful as much as we do.
Written 20 December 2023
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Rachel Harper-Dibley
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
A heartfelt THANK YOU to Amanda and the team in Walter Peak Station!! Our gallery team had the most beautiful cruise and bbq dinner for our Xmas party, during which I somehow managed to lose a small gem from my earring! I let some of the staff know once we were back on the Earnslaw and was beyond thrilled to get a message back from Amanda the next day saying they had found it! Honestly made my day. What a great bunch of people….❤️
Written 15 December 2023
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We're overjoyed to receive your lovely review! It was our pleasure to host your gallery team for the beautiful cruise and BBQ dinner at Walter Peak for your Christmas party. We're delighted that Amanda and the team were able to find and return your lost earring and will pass on your heartfelt thank you!
Written 20 December 2023
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Paddy H
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the experience of being on the steamship. Weather was good and views on the lake were lovely. Interesting to see the engines working below and the stoker shovelling coal into the boilers. We would have liked a longer cruise.
Written 3 December 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review of the TSS Earnslaw Steamship cruise in Queenstown! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed exploring this historic vessel and the lovely views of the lake.
Written 14 December 2023
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Michael B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great views and a well organised, well catered BBQ lunch at Walter Peak farm.

The loudspeaker system onboard the Earnslaw was very poor and neither of us could hear the commentary during the trip across. It needs replacing.
Written 23 November 2023
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Thank you for sharing your feedback on the TSS Earnslaw Cruise! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the great views and the BBQ lunch at Walter Peak farm. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the poor loudspeaker system on board the Earnslaw. Your feedback is valuable, and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We will look into improving the audio experience to enhance the overall cruise. We appreciate your understanding and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an even better experience in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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newyorktraveler2013
San Francisco, CA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Great afternoon, love the boat ride, the scenery. The farm/animals are adorable. Afternoon tea so so but good to have some time to rest in between. highly recommend the experience.

PS - we bought the tickets online but you STILL have to go to the Real NZ counter next to the steam ship to get physical tickets before you can board
Written 19 November 2023
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Your recommendation is much appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more delightful experiences in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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Mike R
Miami, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a 90 minute cruise of Milford Sound. The scenery seen along the cruise is lovely, and the waterfalls are spectacular. You will get so close to one of them that you will get the mist. Our ship was not overrun by tourists (unlike some of the others in the port), so it was easy to move around and take pictures. Make sure to be in the upper deck of the ship so that you can take the best pictures. You will certainly enjoy it!
Written 9 November 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review of the Milford Sound Cruise! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the cruise and experienced the spectacular waterfalls up close. Being on the upper deck for the best photo opportunities is fantastic advice. We appreciate your positive feedback and hope to welcome you back for more breathtaking experiences in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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Luisa S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We choosed the TSS Earnslaw Farm Tour. It was a great experience. Not just the boat trip on the TSS Earnslaw, where you were able to explore the boat and get an insight into how the boat operates. The farm tour is really good for families and animal lovers in general. We were also very enthusiastic about the afternoon tea. Lots of choice and something for everyone. All in all it was a really nice day!!
Written 8 November 2023
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We're thrilled you had a really nice day, and we hope to welcome you back for more delightful experiences in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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Gerard Rodney Gomez
Penang Island, Malaysia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a seamless experience right from checking in until the completion of the tour. The farm experience was also something we had not experienced before.
Written 24 October 2023
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It's wonderful that the farm experience provided something new for you. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for more unique and enjoyable experiences in the future!
Written 26 November 2023
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