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Cruising beautiful Lake Wakatipu aboard Queenstown’s iconic steamship - the TSS Earnslaw is undoubtedly one of Queenstown’s must-do activities.

Like stepping into a postcard, you’ll be spellbound by the magic and grandeur of the “Lady of the Lake” as she showcases the best of Queenstown’s stunning scenic beauty.

Take in the breath-taking alpine views from the unique TSS Earnslaw as the leisurely 90 minute cruise takes you across the lake to picturesque Walter Peak High Country Farm and back again.

While underway you can visit the engine room, watch the stokers in action, view the collection of historical photos in the onboard mini museum or sing-along with the ship's pianist. Wine, beer, beverages and snacks can be purchased from the onboard Promenade Cafe and Bar.

In her 105 year history, the TSS Earnslaw has wowed many thousands of tourists, including many illustrious guests such as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and President Bill Clinton to name just a few.

With something for everyone you will be sure to love this breath-taking trip on Queenstown’s own iconic steamship - it’s truly an experience not to be missed.


  • Retail prices from 1 Aug 2018 – 30 Sep 2019: $70 Adult, $30 Child (5 – 14 years), Infants (0-4 years) are free of charge, but must be added to your booking.
  • Includes: Return Cruise

    Duration: 1hr 30mins (cruise only passengers do NOT disembark at Walter Peak)

    Departures: Various departures daily from Steamer Wharf, Queenstown – check in 20 minutes before departure

    • 10am daily (all year round)
    • 12noon daily (all year round)
    • 2pm daily (all year round)
    • 4pm daily (all year round)


    About Real Journeys: Real Journeys is one of New Zealand’s most trusted tourism companies, operating in the region for over 60 years.

    Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or special. Please also note, from early June 2019 – early July 2019 the TSS Earnslaw will undergo annual maintenance and will NOT be operating.


    Available Bookings from October 23 to October 29

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    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Adult$70.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

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    • Adult$35.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$35.00
    • Child$30.00

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    7spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$35.00
    • Child$30.00

    6spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$35.00
    • Child$30.00

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    Ying from Australia wrote on 12 November 2016

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    Well Done sightseeing

    Have experience a classic trip on the ship. One awesome thing is we can head into the engine room and saw them operate the ship to seal. Got to try once but once is enough. Besides, there is no discount in any website even here. It just a same price.

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    Ying Zhou, Pleased to hear that you visited the engine room whilst on your TSS Earnslaw cruise. Thanks for your 5 star review. The Real Journeys Team

    Jean Flannery from New Zealand wrote on 12 January 2017

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    Great experience

    We have visitors from the UK who I knew would enjoy the Earnslaw. The lake cruise was great, helped by wonderful weather. The scenery of course is stunning!

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    Jean, Thanks for reviewing us with 5 stars. Glad to hear that you and your guests had a great experience with us. The Real Journeys Team

    Kate from United Kingdom wrote on 27 April 2018

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    Relaxing afternoon

    A leisurely and relaxing way to spend one and a half hours on this round trip on lake Wakatipu. TSS Earnslaw was launched the same year as Titanic and is an excellent example of a well preserved ship. For those who are interested in the workings of the ship, there is a viewing space where you can see stokers shovelling coal into the boilers. Refreshments are available and we enjoyed a sing-along to a pianist!

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    Kathleen from United Kingdom wrote on 30 April 2018

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    Loved it !!

    Fantastic scenery, lovely old boat which took you back to the steamship era. Knowledgable commentary on ‘how it used to be’ and great piano player who encouraged sing alongs on the way back to timeless old tunes. Onboard cafe bar really good too, especially the ice-creams !!

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    debz mccann from New Zealand wrote on 01 May 2017

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    Earnslaw

    The trip on the earnslaw queenstown was ok, the scenery was stunning as was expected but I feel that the boat itself could do with a makeover as it looked pretty shabby but it was worth the trip for the scenery

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