Queenstown, New Zealand
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Cruise Lake Wakatipu on a vintage Edwardian steamship with tickets for a 1.5-hour cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown. Watch the stokers feed the TSS Earnslaw’s coal fires, enjoy views of the mountains, and disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm for short walk. This 1.5-hour scenic cruise departs from a central location in Queenstown, with multiple sailings throughout the day.
  • 1.5-hour steamship tour from Queenstown
  • Sail on a historic, coal-powered ship
  • See Otago scenery from the water
  • Visit Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Family friendly
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’ll have time to explore the ship during the 1.5-hour 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 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).

The ship comes to shore for a short break at the Walter Peak High Country Farm before making the return trip across Lake Wakatipu to Queensland’s Steamer Wharf, where this tour concludes.


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, Mar 2018

Excellent tour of lake on the TSS Earnslaw - enjoyed the trip from start to finish and a lovely couple of hours spent on the lake.

, Mar 2017

Interesting with good scenery

, Feb 2017

Was nice but thought it would have been a bit longer

, Oct 2016

Definitely a must to do if you visit Queenstown. We both loved the experience .

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