TSS Earnslaw

Step aboard the TSS Earnslaw and experience the Walter Peak High Country Farm.

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Take a leisurely cruise on the TSS Earnslaw across stunning Lake Wakatipu and breathe in the fresh New Zealand air. The TSS Earnslaw started operating in 1912 to transport goods. Today the retired steamship is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Queenstown.

The vintage steamboat is a Queenstown institution earning the affectionate nickname of ‘Lady of the Lake’. It is believed to be the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship operating in the southern hemisphere.

Cruises depart regularly throughout the day. Opt to go on a TSS Earnslaw cruise only or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm including a guided tour and refreshments. For added adventure, you can even opt to ride to the country farm via a guided horse trek across the stunning countryside.

Get up close and personal with the animals and learn more about traditional New Zealand farming techniques. You can help feed the animals, observe the sheep shearing, watch the sheep dogs in action and maybe try your hand at spinning wool.

Complete your day at Walter Peak High Country Farm with an option of morning/afternoon tea, lunch or dinner before returning back to your Queenstown hotel via the TSS Earnslaw.

Types of tours, Tour Duration and Cost

TSS Earnslaw cruise prices will depend on the season and the duration of the tour. There are children (8-14 years) and adult tickets available.

When and what to bring

You are advised to wear and bring the following:

  • comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • waterproof jacket
  • woollen sweater/fleece jacket
  • sunscreen and sunglasses

Make sure you also bring a camera to capture every moment of your TSS Earnslaw cruise.

Contact information for bookings:

There are a few companies that provide TSS Earnslaw cruises in Queenstown. These include:

w: realjourneys.co.nz

w: zqn.co.nz/earnslaw

w: everythingqueenstown.com