TSS Earnslaw Cruise

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Highlights & inclusions

90 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship
Spectacular Queenstown alpine scenery
Take a tour of the engine room
View the historical photo collection
Family friendly cruise
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Fri, Jul 19, 2024

What you can expect

A Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw is akin to stepping back in time - the steam-driven vessel dubbed "The Lady of the Lake" provides the venue for a one and a half hour cruise that showcases some of the best of New Zealand's alpine scenery. You'll have ample time to explore the decks and bridge of this historical cruise ship, visit the engine room and view the historical collection of photos in its gallery.

With such facilities on board as a licensed cafe and bar that serves both a selection of cafe-style food, beer, wine and spirits, you'll have access to everything you need to enjoy the cruise on these scenic waters in comfort while soaking in the natural majesty that surrounds you in every direction. The cruises depart regularly throughout the day and are suitable for all ages.


What you need to know

  • 90 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu onboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Spectacular Queenstown alpine scenery
  • Explore the vessel and view the engine room of the iconic-century old steamship
  • Expert commentary from the Captain
  • Guided tours of the vessel are available
  • Food and drinks available from the onboard cafe and licensed bar
  • Cruises depart from the Earnslaw Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown daily at (excluding survey period)
  • Please ensure you check-in at least 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Parking in Summer months can be challenging, please ensure you allow ample time to park your car and check in for your departure
  • All vouchers must be exchanged for boarding passes prior to boarding
What To Bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothes
  • Camera
Additional Information
  • A variety of food and beverages (including espresso coffee) are available for purchase on board the TSS Earnslaw from the Promenade Café
  • Café style food available includes freshly baked home-style pies, quiche, pizza, freshly filled rolls and sandwiches, muffins, scones, slices, assorted cakes and pastries
  • Full bar services operate on board the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Recent reviews

4.85 reviews

It was worth an experience and thanks to the Experience Oz team to look after our booking.

It was worth an experience and thanks to the Experience Oz team to look after our booking. Our booking had confusion with just 1 kid however after contacting Experience Oz they assisted us to add our second kid on the same package. It was handled very professionally and I am pleased to recommend Experience Oz to all my friends and colleagues. Thanks, Experience Oz team.

Ashish Sharma almost 5 years ago

The cruise and farm shows and especially the high tea were awesome

The cruise and farm shows and especially the high tea were awesome! The ship was cool and well equipped. However my checking in experience was not that great. The girl at the counter was unable to understand the voucher which clearly states that the booking is for two adults and one kid. After 15 minutes of argument and she speaking to someone over phone she gave me all the tickets without an apology or even looking at my face.

Visakh Sasidharan about 5 years ago

Very enjoyable experience

Very enjoyable experience, friendly staff, comfortable ship, fantastic views. Wine way overpriced. I have no idea what else to write for the number of characters required, why can’t I just write what I want to? No wonder people don’t bother doing this

Wendy Thompson over 5 years ago