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TSS Earnslaw Steamship
Queenstown Top 2 in Family-Friendly Attractions

215 Reviews
Boat Tour
Subject to booking time.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 90 minutes
Address: Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown
Phone: +64-3-2496000

What people are saying:

A half-day tour of the lake by steamboat + Walter Plateau Ranch tour is a beautiful experience that is fresh in the memory of the Queenstown trip. From Queenstown Port to the Ranch Wharf, the steamboat takes 45 minutes one-way, a total of 1.5 hours round-trip voyage, and boat viewing. One is to watch the ancient style of the ship. The steamship TSS Earnslaw, built in 1912, has been baptized by wind and waves for more than a hundred years. It has grown stronger and stronger over time. It is the only coal-fired steamship still in normal operation in the southern hemisphere. Wandering on the boat, looking at the handsome captain at the helm, watching the young fireman swinging a shovel to deliver coals, listening to the melodious music of the teacher's nai luthier, and tasting the authentic taste of coffee and desserts. It is leisurely and comfortable. The second is to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the lake. On the deck, in front of the portholes, and in the corridors, you can admire the scenery of Lake Wakatipu up close. The lake breeze is blowing, the waves are dancing happily, the scenery is charming and refreshing.

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  • MrsGNZ
    South Island, New Zealand

    The views...

    Just picture perfect and watching the burning coal powering the ship. The buffet meal was lovely but the surroundings of the station is worth it

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  • slothmonkey
    Nelson, New Zealand


    We had a great time! Going on the Earnslaw and stopped at Walters peak for a farm tour. Amazing scenery

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  • SelenaPitman
    Auckland Region, New Zealand

    Good Family Fun

    Family of two adults and two kids did the sailing across the lake and back. Wind was up that day which made for interesting dust storms once we got to the Cattle Station. Lake Whakatipu is an ever c...

    Reviewed on /Date(1611940880000+0800)/
  • Hikingmusician13
    Auckland Central, North Island

    Perfect lake cruising in a piece of history

    No one can visit Queenstown and not take a cruise on the Earnslaw - its a must. It’s a piece of history - and make sure you are watching the engineers and stokers hard at work on setting off and docki...

    Reviewed on /Date(1611601939000+0800)/
  • KathrynF790

    Best day wber

    My husband and I bought a package which included return trip on the Earnslaw across to Walter Peak for a gourmet barbecue. The boat really is spectacular. You can sit inside on seats or at a table, or...

    Reviewed on /Date(1611583807000+0800)/

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Additional Information


The TSS Earnslaw Steamship was born in 1912 and is a fascinating landscape on Lake Wakatipu, taking you through the time and enjoying the gorgeous European style of the early 20th century. During the voyage, you can lean on the deck to take a leisurely look at the beautiful lakes and mountains of Queenstown. You can also climb the Liaowang Tower, steal the master's mastery skills, and sneak into the steam boiler room to check the steam engine. secret.
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