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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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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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“engine room” (165 reviews)
“sheep shearing” (245 reviews)
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

TSS Earnslaw has been spectacularly restored to service, with all of its history and mechanical workings on display for those with a mechanical bent. The onboard pianist adds a classy background to the gentle voyage to Walters Peak station. I highly recommend the BBQ Lunch...More

Thank Anthony T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the trip with a 4 and almost 6 year old. The cruise is pretty relaxing, with the added bonus of being able to access pretty much the entire ship. The farm tour and show was basic but well done, and for the kids...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Recommend doing this if you are in Queenstown Wonderful history They leave promptly and traffic is awful in Queenstown so make sure you find a good parking spot and walk over. Recommend man street car park. It's nearby or you can park on streets after...More

Thank QJST
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's a wonderful journey by one of the historical boats on largest lake of Queenstown, NZ. On the other end of the journey, On the beautiful farm ,there was a nice and warm coffee break by the woods fireplace and animal show included

Thank kazihoque
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a good way to have a relaxing couple of hours watching the scenery slip by. For anyone interested in steam engines or old boats, then this is a must as you can access the engine room and watch the stokers and boiler men...More

Thank Bernard T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

At $60:00 per person, this cruise is not cheap but this old steamer is in excellent condition. There are plenty of photo's showing the history & you will be able to view the engine room. If your looking to spend a pleasant couple of hours...More

Thank keenskier3481
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The ride over to the Water Peak farm was uneventful on this old steamship, fun for kids to see how the coal drives the ship. We loved the sheep shearing presentation and the sheepdog lesson. Fun to pet the animals. Be sure to opt for...More

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

Hi Queen, thanks for taking the time to review. We are delighted to hear how much you all enjoyed your trip across to Walter Peak and the Colonel's Homestead. We hope the rest of your time in Queenstown was just as enjoyable. Regards, the team...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited total two times. It's pretty good service on boat, relaxing piano players, although they are mainly consertraiting on Asian tourists. Quality food on land in their restaurant. Just wish they focus more on English speaking visitors.

Thank Estlanders
Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved our day aboard this beautiful Steam Boat. The BBQ Lunch was amazing!!!! Definitely worth the extra cost. The farm tour was a nice touch.

Thank liv19912017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to see Queenstown and lake Wakatipu. The tour guide provided excellent information on the area. Highlights included the beautiful views and being able to visit the engine room.

Thank J1092BZmb
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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