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TSS Earnslaw Cruise

It’s one of the best ways to see Queenstown’s surrounding landscape – a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.


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 106 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 Oct 2019 – 30 Sep 2020: $70 Adult, $30 Child (5 – 14 years), Infants (0-4 years) are free of charge, but must be added to your booking under “Additional information”, as all passengers require a ticket.
  • Includes: Return Cruise

     

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

    Departures: Various departures daily from the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, 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)
    • 6pm & 8pm (27 Dec – 29 Feb only)


    Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or special. Please also note, from early June 2020 – early July 2020 the TSS Earnslaw will undergo annual maintenance and will NOT be operating.


    Adult $70.00
    Child $30.00

    Available Bookings from February 18 to February 24

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Tue 18 Feb
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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    • Child$30.00

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    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$56.00
    • Child$30.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Sharlene from New Zealand wrote on 26 April 2019

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    Great way to cruise the lake

    We enjoyed our cruise on the lake, was a great way to see some beautiful scenery

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    Raeann from New Zealand wrote on 01 June 2019

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    Amazing

    Was an amazing experience, with beautiful scenery. I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in vintage boats and natural beauty

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    Sharyn from New Zealand wrote on 07 April 2019

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    Full Marks

    I am 60 tomorrow and yesterday was a nostalgic voyage on the TSS Earnslaw, having last sailed when I was 13 years old and on a family holiday. Thank you for helping to relive a happy memory. It was a fabulous couple of hours, from the friendly welcome, a very nice cup of coffee, spectacular views and the ability to wander around most of the ship. Bucket list tick ...

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    Graeme from Australia wrote on 02 April 2019

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    A Queenstown must do.

    A trip on the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu is a must for anyone spending a couple of days in Queenstown. Stepping aboard the steamer, one is amazed at the fact that the TSS Earnslaw was launched in 1912, just two months before the RMS Titanic sank. It is a total delight to take the voyage across the lake, to take in the history, breathtaking views and smell and observe the steamship in operation much as it has for so many years. A real journey back in time. A rare experience not to be missed.

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    Trish from New Zealand wrote on 12 February 2019

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    Pleasant Tour

    What a way to relax and enjoy the views. Sat inside then on way back outside up the front. 2 different experiences. Love the history of this old girl. A must when In Queenstown

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