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TSS Earnslaw Cruise

TSS Earnslaw Cruise

One of Queenstown’s most iconic experiences across Lake Wakatipu showcases some of the region’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering plenty of time to explore a piece of living history.  Today, the TSS Earnslaw is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired passenger steamship in the southern hemisphere. Explore the decks from the engine room viewing platform to the Captain’s wheelhouse.  Feel the heat of the giant steam engines at work and watch the stokers shovel coal into the glowing fireboxes.  Discover a mini museum, the Fo’c’sle gallery where guests can view a collection of historic photos.  Or enjoy a drink and some café style food at the Promenade Café and Bar.  On the return journey guests enjoy a sing-a-long with the pianist – it is a guaranteed bit of fun.  The captain provides commentary and highlights points of interest during the cruise.
Suitable for all ages.




1 day

  • Day 1 : Scenic Cruise across lake Wakatipu
    Leisurely 90 minute scenic cruise of Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.
    Meals :None

  • Departs: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown.
    Note: On a TSS Earnslaw cruise, passengers do not disembark at Walter Peak.

    Tour Times:
    10:00am to 11:30am, all year*
    12:00pm to 1:30pm, all year*
    2:00pm to 3:30pm, all year*
    4:00pm to 5:30pm, all year*


  • *The TSS Earnslaw will be on annual maintenance 2 June - 3 July 2020 inclusive (subject to change) as during this time this tour will not run.

    A variety of food and beverages (including espresso coffee) are available for purchase on board the TSS Earnslaw from the Promenade Café. Café style food available includes freshly baked home-style pies, quiche, pizza, freshly filled rolls and sandwiches, muffins, scones, slices, assorted cakes and pastries baked daily in our galley kitchen.

    Bar Facilities:
    Full bar services operate on board the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak.



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Organised by Real Journeys Ltd

Activity ID: W-2679

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