TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruises

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It’s one of the best ways to see Queenstown’s surrounding landscape – a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.

It’s New Zealand’s most iconic boat and one of Queenstown’s most historic destinations.

The leisurely 90 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown’s living history – the over one hundred year-old TSS Earnslaw.

Inside a visit to the engine room reveals the giant steam engines at work. Close by you’ll be able to view the collection of historical photos in our mini-museum, check out the bridge and even join a sing-along with the pianist. Or, if you’d rather, kick back and enjoy a wine or beer or some café food at our on-board Promenade Café and Bar.

Cruises depart regularly throughout the day. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek, independent cycling, gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner.

The TSS Earnslaw has carried many a famous visitor, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip and even President Bill Clinton. Undoubtedly, this iconic tour is one not to miss.

Things you should know
There’s a Promenade Cafe with delicious food and a licensed bar on board
You can combine a cruise with a variety of activities at Walter Peak, including a guided farm tour, or a gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner.
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The lake cruise is suitable for all ages.
Please note: The TSS Earnslaw undergoes annual maintenance each year (typically early June - early July) and does not operate at this time. You can still undertake a Walter Peak Farm Tour or Gourmet BBQ Lunch tour by travelling on a smaller motorised boat.

Conditions apply

Kids travel FREE from 11 January - 5 February 2021


  • Adult

  • Child

    (5-14 years)
    under 5 years are free