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Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises

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88 Beach Street | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 7500
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Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
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Cruise on Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw. Relax on board and admire the stunning alpine scenery whilst you cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Explore the decks, view the engine room, watch the stokers in action or purchase delicious snacks/ drinks from the Promenade Cafe. Real Journeys also operates Walter Peak Farm Tours, Gourmet Barbecue Lunch or Dinner, Horse Treks and Guided Cycling, all of which include a return cruise.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
88 Beach Street | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 7500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the evening TSS Earnslaw boat trip, barbecue and sheep shearing tour which lasted 4 hours. The boat and steam engine-house dates back to 1912, it was changed to a tourist boat in 1969 and can carry 350 passengers. Lake Wakatipu is a huge...More

Thank Flower_golf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on the TSS Earnslaw for cruise and dinner at Walter Peek Station. The weather was beautiful so the crossing was smooth and very enjoyable. They really shovel a lot of coal! The cruise took about 40mins. At Walter Peek there is this beautiful...More

1  Thank Irene L
Reviewed 3 days ago

102 years of working the lake and TSS Earnslw still owns it. The vessel is in excellent condition and a visit to the engine room is a must. The farm tour was interesting as was the history of development. The barbecue buffet was excellent, the...More

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The steamship gives you plenty of views across the central arm of Lake Wakatipu - these are fantastic and worth seeing from this angle. The other part of this cruise is the old steamship element - this is fascinating, with a small photograph gallery, information...More

Thank Grembo
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great treat to travel on a an old steamship. You get the chance to go into the engine room and watch them stroke the boilers and how it all works. If you get the change I would highly recommend doing this.

Thank Zalster
Reviewed 5 days ago

The TSS Earnslaw provides a charming, tranquil ride across the lake at Queenstown to a former homestead. One of the tours includes a plentiful barbecue lunch indoors or outside (weather permitting) in an elegant building with a lake view. Afterwards there's a short and entertaining...More

Thank simcha
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora Simcha, thanks for taking the time to post your amazing review. We are thrilled to see how much fun you had over at the Colonels's Homestead at Walter Peak. The scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu is a delight and the perfect way to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

The steamship TSS Earnslaw is a fun experience, beautiful old steam ship. You can go below and watch them shovel coal and see the stream engines working. It snowed when we were there in early Nov 2017, snow caped Mts made a very picturesque setting....More

Thank dave4q
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those MUST DO things in Queenstown, and there are many must-do's here. It's a lovely 45 minute trip over to the farm where you pre-book one of the options, either muck around with animals etc and have morning tea, have a...More

Thank MuzzzaN
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the experience of riding an old steamship up the lake, and were pleasantly surprised at how fantastic our lunch was. It was one of our best meals in New Zealand. We also loved the sheep shearing and sheep dog show. It was New...More

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very pleasant cruise on the Earnslaw, which is beautifully maintained, with lovely views to be had. Our meal at Water Peak was excellent, with a wide selection of dishes, meats and seafood. Our small party had our own table and service was pleasant. After...More

Thank TrB876
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Evon F
13 February 2017|
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Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
Hi Evon F We definitely recommend booking, with certain times of the year being quite busy on board. Generally you can book on the day however if you want to guarantee a space you should definitely plan ahead. We have a... More
11 October 2015|
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Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
Hi there, Just to confirm that the piano player is scheduled on all the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise departures. So, if you are booking the Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch (or the Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner... More
3 August 2015|
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Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
The TSS Earnslaw has a café on board where a variety of refreshments and snacks are available to purchase during the return cruise. This option does NOT disembark at Walter Peak. However if you are wanting afternoon tea... More