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Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

1. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

It’s New Zealand’s most iconic boat and one of Queenstown’s most historic destinations.The leisurely 90-minute cruise across Lake Whakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown’s living history – the over one hundred year-old TSS Earnslaw.Listen to engaging commentary from your experienced captain who will highlight points of interest throughout your cruise. 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. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek, eco experience or our famous gourmet barbecue lunch/dinner. Please note that we have separate listings for these combo options.

Queenstown: Minus 5 Ice Bar Experience with Drink Options

2. Queenstown: Minus 5 Ice Bar Experience with Drink Options

On arrival in the famous Steamer Wharf, meet your Ice Hosts in the reception area where you’ll be greeted with smiles and checked-in for your Antarctic Experience. From there, you will be fitted out in our cozy custom-made jackets, gloves & boots if needed. Your host will then lead you and your group into the ice bar, with a quick briefing before being immersed into an icy wonderland. Step inside the ice bar, where everything from the walls and furniture to the bar are hand-crafted from over 18 tonnes of crystal clear ice. For the next hour you’ll get to interact with carved ice sculptures while enjoying a delicious cocktail or non-alcoholic mocktail served in an ice glass! You are welcome to bring your own camera, or there will be staff taking photos that will be available for purchase at the end of your experience

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What people are saying about Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

Fabulous ship. Loved the early morning trip. Great light, not too many people. Beautifully restored steam ship. It was a privilege to sail on her.

A wonderful cruise on the lake. Loved listening to Kate the beautiful vocalist and pianist while we sailed on the historical TSS Ernslaw!

The experience of sailing on a vintage steam ship with the engine room open to view was fantastic. The crew were excellent.

Great fun, exact amount of time to have a good time! Def recommend it

What a Beautiful Boat and location glad we did the early one