TSS Earnslaw

Something of an institution in Queenstown is the 100 year old TSS Earnslaw steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu

This is a wonderful way to see the scenic beauty of the area at a slow pace . The cruise takes ninety minutes and departs at 10 am in the morning and 2 pm in the afternoon

You can visit the engine room and see its giant steam engines at work, view the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge or even join a sing-along with the pianist. Or if you’d much rather, kick back and enjoy a wine or beer or some café-style food at the on-board Promenade Café and Bar.

You can choose to do a cruise, combined with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek, barbecue lunch or evening dining.. The farm tour includes morning or afternoon tea and time with the farmer rounding sheep up from the hill paddocks and watching a sheep shearing demonstration. This trip lasts three hours and a half departing at the same times from Queenstown as the standard cruise.

What our travellers enjoyed about their Earnslaw cruise…

  • The scenic views from the lake of Queenstown’s mountain scenery
  • The relaxed pace of the tour
  • Joining in with such rousing numbers as “Roll out the barrel” and “ I’m getting married in the morning “
  • Undertaking a  real value for money trip in comparison to other Queenstown activities