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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown provided by Real Journeys

TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 03/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This steamship cruise takes passengers across scenic Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS “Earnslaw.” This vintage vessel lets you relax while soaking up the views en route to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. You can even step foot in the engine room and watch the stokers in action. Tours depart daily from the Queenstown waterfront.
  • You'll start at
    Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
  • You'll end at
    Real Journeys Visitor Centre
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • TSS “Earnslaw” cruise across Lake Wakatipu
  • Relax aboard Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship
  • Explore the decks or visit the engine room
  • Snacks and drinks are available to purchase from the cafe
Important Information
Departure Point
Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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DiveHQWellington wrote a review 23 Feb
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions5 helpful votes
Really enjoyed the whole experience, being able to watch the crew and the engine was surprisingly interesting and the scenery as we headed to Walter Peak is stunning. The BBQ dinner at the Station is truly gourmet and we couldn't fault the quantity or quality of the meal. We
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Date of experience: February 2021
Jacqui T wrote a review Jan 2021
Wellington, New Zealand62 contributions37 helpful votes
Just do it. I did the dinner cruise a while ago so went with the 90 minute cruise to Walter Peak station and back. It was a stunning day and very hot so the lake breeze and a couple of glasses of wine really helped. The Earnslaw and it's size and the ability to see how a
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Date of experience: January 2021
Erena K wrote a review Nov 2020
7 contributions5 helpful votes
This was a grear experience. Would highly recommend jumping on board and going for the cruise. We didn't get off for the gourmet bbq, which meant we had the boat almost to ourselves on the way back - bliss! Great, friendly staff.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Hank311326 wrote a review Oct 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand20 contributions
A great trip up the lake to Walterpeak Really enjoyed the BBQ Lunch and a walk around the local area . Smove cruise
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Date of experience: October 2020
Happyjohnny wrote a review Aug 2020
Auckland, New Zealand350 contributions77 helpful votes
Taking the TSS Earnslaw to the Walter Peak station was rather a unique surprise. From boarding to the trip and the visit to the farm, I cannot fault the operation. It is certainly worth looking into NZ history.
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Date of experience: July 2020
About the operator

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Julie C
Way above our expectations
The trip on the beautiful TSS Earnslaw was great , topped off by an absolutely superb lunch. An incredible variety
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A “bucket-list” Experience
Have been meaning to do this trip for many years. Eclipses Milford Sound for sights and the incredible journey from
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Can't rate this trip highly enough. Doubtful Sound is quite different from Milford, in that it lacks the dramatic s
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Great 4 hour trip with a meal
This is a well run 4 hour trip out from Queenstown Bay on a historic steam ship, the Earnslaw. The ship layout prov
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Great boat trip but disappointing lunch
We took the long weekend off and went down to Queenstown and was recommended the TSS Earnshaw and so booked. The bo
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Amazing overnight trip!!
My husband and I recently did the overnight cruise and was one of the highlights of the trip and would do it again
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They must be one of the best!
We booked an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys. Easy to book. Staff 100% in every way. Value fo
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Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise a bucket list must do
This is the most amazing trip I have ever done in my lifetime. The beautiful Mariner and lovely cabin, super friend
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INCREDIBLE! This has to be one of the best expereinces I have had in my travel. I was travelling solo and decided t
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Holiday highlight
This trip was an absolute highlight of our holiday. The scenery was stunning, the staff friendly and knowledgeable
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The bus driver who acted as tour guide for overland section of the trip stated at the end of the day that his wish
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Old fashioned hospitality + gourmet bbq = a grand ole time!
Grand experience for all ages and stages. Check out the engines, watch them in action, sip a wine on board! Walter
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Magnificent Milford Mariner
This was my first time into Milford and what a magnificent way to do it. Took our teenage girls and went overnight
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A Great Experience, highly recommend.
My husband and I always wanted to do this trip, so when we noticed that there was a deal on, we booked up. This is
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Great way to have a relaxed afternoon
My partner and I went on the Earnslaw and tacked on the Farm Experience. Real Journeys run a smooth operation. We e
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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