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From Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Activity provider: RealNZ

From Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Activity provider: RealNZ
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From US$ 49.96 per person

Likely to sell out

Climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage Edwardian steamship, for a relaxing cruise from Queenstown. Watch the stokers feed the coal fires, explore the historic vessel, and soak up the mountain views.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail aboard the historic, coal-powered TSS Earnslaw on a scenic cruise
  • Admire spectacular alpine scenery from the vantage point of the lake's waters
  • Explore the engine room below decks where stokers feed the roaring coal fire
  • Discover a fascinating collection of historical photos in the small onboard museum
Full description

Join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Admire spectacular alpine scenery and enjoy plenty of time to explore a piece of living history. Listen to engaging commentary from your experienced captain who will highlight points of interest throughout your cruise. Make your way to Steamer Wharf at Queenstown’s waterfront. Climb aboard the oldest working coal-fired passenger steamship in the southern hemisphere and feel free to explore. View the collection of historical photos in the small onboard museum and check out the skipper’s wheelhouse.

Visit the engine room to feel the heat of the giant steam engines at work and see the stokers shovel coal into the glowing fireboxes. Soak in the dramatic mountain views surrounding Lake Wakatipu and relax at the cafe where you can enjoy a wine or beer and snacks are also available for purchase. 

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Captain
  • Crew
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the TSS Earnslaw steamship.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a full refund
  • If you require more information on the wheelchair accessibility on the Tss Earnslaw, please do not hesitate to ask
  • Parking is not available, so please leave your car at your accommodation
  • Non-slip shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 326 reviews

Review summary

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We have been wanting to do this for many years and we are so glad we finally had the opportunity to do so. Would recommend highly, lovely to see such an iconic vessel in action and glad it has been so fully supported and able to continue to sail under steam. Hope this never changes. The scenery is beautiful. Next time will hopefully be able to add to the journey and hop off and enjoy what the Walter Peak farm has to offer.

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November 19, 2022

Excellent viewing and service by the staff. Stunning scenery and we were not put off by the strong cold wind which meant the majority of passengers stayed indoors and allowed us good access for photos. The walkway access to the overhead viewing of the engine room was a pleasant surprise.

October 28, 2022

It was an amazing cruise across lake wakatipu, we didnt have the whole day to do the BBQ experience but that looked like fun. We got to the boat a little late so it meant we did not get a seat on the top floor we had to sit down by the engine which was cold but still nice, so i suggest getting there early so you can get a nice table upstairs by the cafe.

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October 6, 2022

Product ID: 181334