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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown

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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Cruise Lake Wakatipu on a vintage Edwardian steamship with tickets for a cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown. Watch the stokers feed the TSS Earnslaw’s coal fires and enjoy views of the mountains. This scenic cruise departs from a central location in Queenstown, with multiple sailings throughout the day.
  • Steamship tour from Queenstown
  • Sail on a historic, coal-powered ship
  • See Otago scenery from the water
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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88 Beach Street , 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please arrive 20 minutes before departure to check in.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the Steamer Wharf at Queenstown’s waterfront, and present your voucher for a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. The "TSS" in the name stands for “twin screw steamer”, and the TSS Earnslaw is the last remaining coal-fired passenger steamer in the southern hemisphere, propelled by a pair of screw propellers mounted on either side of the hull.

You have time to explore the ship during the cruise, and don’t miss the chance to head below decks to the engine room, where stokers feed a roaring coal fire. Explore the small onboard museum that's located in the forecastle, or head to the TSS Earnslaw’s café, where snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There are also dramatic views of the mountains that surround the lake, which has a maximum depth of 1,250 feet (380 meters) before making the return trip across Lake Wakatipu to Queensland’s Steamer Wharf, where this tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
Cruise over to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY RealNZ
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise from Queenstown.

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  • "Grab a glass of wine, sit back and relax and enjoy this wonderful cruise." See review
  • "A lovely sunny day which helped with a full muster." See review

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star-5
Pride of the South
Sheryl_B
, May 2022
This is the 3rd time I have gone across on the Earnslaw. It truly is one of the main highlights when visiting Queenstown, the ship is beautiful, the scenery is stunning. Staff service is always fantastic.
star-4
Cruising on a piece of history
YEWMENG_L
, May 2022
There’s a viewing platform above the steam engine room for guests to learn about how it works. On a clear day, the view of Queenstown & the Remarkables mountain range will be stunning, though our trip was a bit cloudy.
star-5
Brilliant
Clinton_W
, May 2022
The history of the ship, the workings of the ship from watching them shovelling coal to the open engine room for the public to film and watch. The friendly hospitable staff and the overall experience. 5 srars to them and will highly recommend it
star-5
Steamer in QT
Michael_M
, May 2022
Amazing experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful steamer that is well kept and restored.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your five star review! The team take pride in sharing this piece of history with all our guests.
star-5
Amazing
Arina_K
, May 2022
That’s was fun ! Beautiful lady playing on the piano is breathtaking , I’ll recommend this to my friends
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your review. We hoped you managed a sing along with our fantastic piano player!
star-5
Great trip and...
Chloe_S
, May 2022
Great trip and interesting commentary. Would recommend to others, lovely way to see the scenery :) !!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
It is great to know that you would recommend this to others. It is a great time of the year to enjoy the scenery with all the autumn leaves. Thank you for your review!
star-5
A memorable experience for our 37th wedding anniversary. Highly recommended 😊
Katie_A
, May 2022
"Talking to the engineer who explained how the triple expansion engine worked." My wife enjoyed the music and meeting the guests on board.
star-5
Learning about the...
Kathy_S
, May 2022
Learning about the history of the boat. We did enjoy the whole trip. Was good to watch the guys down below
star-5
Fantastic experience
Penny_E
, May 2022
The whole experience was wonderful. The scenery was breathtaking possibly enhanced by the fantastic weather. We thoroughly enjoyed the piano and the songs played. The bar was well stocked. Everyone was friendly and happy.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience onboard the TSS Earnslaw. The team take pride in offering great entertainment and refreshments while cruising and we are so happy this was appreciated. Thank you for your review.
star-5
Absolutely Fantastic
Glen_O
, Apr 2022
The scenery and chance to look around and through the old steam boat TSS Earnslaw. Very amazing and even better the fine weather we had 😊
star-5
Magical step back in time
Claudette_M
, Mar 2022
Looking at the engine seeing coal being shovelled in to power the ship very cool oh also relaxing to the live music on board magical
star-5
10 stars
Shakira_H
, Feb 2022
Wow!!!! Amazing absolutely love it highly recommend to everyone I can’t wait to come back and feed the animals
star-5
Great scenic trip
Wendy_G
, Feb 2022
Beautiful old steamship. Was intrigued by the stokers and how hard they work on the ship. Great views and a delicious meal at Walter Peak redtsurant
star-5
Excellent trip being able...
joe_D
, Feb 2022
Excellent trip being able to tour the engine room and watch the Stokers at work at the furnaces Excellent, this is something everyone should do when visiting Queenstown
star-5
Too bloody good
Lawrence_K
, Jan 2022
Being a heavy diesel technician , found very interesting to see the operation of ships engine . Bringing my 2 sons here would be the most memorable .
star-5
The queen on the lake 👸
rodger_h
, Dec 2021
Beautiful day on the lake , best way to see wakatipu, highly reccomend to me a Quintessential Queenstown experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Mel_S
, Nov 2021
Fabulous experience, my son loved it too especially the museum and photos. Everyone was super friendly.
star-5
Awesome service friendly...
Steve_C
, Oct 2021
Awesome service friendly staff, incredible to see engine and engineers working. Walter peak experience exactly the same!! Awesome Will take friends and family next time.
star-5
Up the Greens
Paul_B
, Sep 2021
Viewing the mechanics of the vessel and gaining an understanding of how it works. A wonderful classroom with remarkable back drop
star-4
Cool experience
Rebecca_S
, Aug 2021
Great little trip.. nice to be able to go into the engine room, see all operations, speak to the stokers
2 travelers found this review helpful

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