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TSS Earnslaw: 1.5-Hour Cruise From Queenstown

4.7 / 5

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TSS Earnslaw: 1.5-Hour Cruise From Queenstown

From £35.87 per person

Climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage Edwardian steamship, for a relaxing 1.5-hour cruise. Watch the stokers feed the coal fires, explore the historic vessel, and enjoy stunning mountain views.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail aboard the historic, coal-powered TSS Earnslaw on a 1.5-hour 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 1.5-hour cruise across Lake Wakatipu. 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. 
  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide, 20 minutes before departure, at the Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown

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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
  • Parking is not available, so please leave your car at your accommodation
  • Non-slip shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 95 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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Enjoyable cruise. Very nice boat that was a pleasure to be in. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the food prices on board. $14 for a pie?? Bit excessive I thought. Maybe a good idea to eat before you board, if you're not doing the lunch at Walter Peak Station.

8 October 2021

Doing the ferry without the farm was great especially if you book the 10am trip as this means that although the front of the boat is packed with people with cameras and selfie sticks on the way out it is far quieter on the way back and you can get your pictures and enjoy the scenery in peace. I doubt this is the case for any other trip as they bring people back on the other journeys.

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11 February 2020

What a magnificent old boat. The ride was so relaxing and the views magnificent. You’re able to buy food and alcohol, it’s a little expensive but worth having a glass of wine while taking in the views of the snow capped mountains. I recommend everyone experiences the TSS Earnslaw when visiting Queenstown.

23 October 2019

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