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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
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 20-08-03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-08-03 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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Jacqui T wrote a review Yesterday
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 Zealand349 contributions75 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
Therese wrote a review Aug. 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand3 contributions
What a lovely surprise. So glad we went on this adventure. Queenstown itself is beautiful but seeing it from across the water and the surrounds is even better. We went on TSS Earnslaw with the family...parents, siblings, and school/preschool aged kids... what a memorable time
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Date of experience: August 2020
About the operator

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By: Real Journeys
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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A breathtaking experience!
We'd been recommended by numerous people to go and experience the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - and we are so g
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Fab trip, must do
Absolutely fab trip. Rooms good, staff great, experience breathtaking. Lots of fun. Food good. Kayaking good, tende
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Amazing trip
We got an amazing deal with real journey for the overnight cruise paid $220 for a standard room in a cabin with 3 o
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A Bucket List trip done to perfection
This company apparently recently decided that they would add a 2 night trip to their Wanderer itinerary and it is
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Milford Mariner amongst the best
Loved every minute, scenery was amazing and particularly loved the commentary along the way, this was so informativ
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Poor condition of donkeys at Walter Peak
Everything was wonderful, except the Donkeys... they needed some love and a brush (thick tufts of winter fur all ov
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Very special experience..spectacular place and value.
A very special experience, spectacular trip, place and value. So much packed into 24hrs, yet relaxing; spectacular
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TSS Earnslaw cruise and bbq at Walter's Peak
Wow wow wow spectacular boat trip and the food was devine. Waiting staff waved to everyone as we it
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Fantastic Trip.
We were made to feel welcome right from the start of the get go. All the staff were extremely friendly and very kno
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Emma W
Put this on your must do list
You pay a premium price but you get a premium experience. There are many parts to the trip and when you add them al
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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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