Queenstown, South Island

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TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw cruise Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Farm

Experience Queenstown’s heritage with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Explore this historic vessel, enjoy a sing-along or relax on deck. At Walter Peak join a farmyard tour, help feed the animals and watch the sheep shearing. Morning or afternoon tea is included, or BBQ lunches are available (extra cost). Evening dining, horse treks (min. age 8) electric farm biking and cycling (min. age 10) are other popular options. Ask about ‘Kids Go Free!’ specials during selected NZ School Holidays. Qualmark Endorsed Activity with an Enviro Silver Rating.

Full Steam Ahead

A lake cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw combined with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm is a great day out for both parents and children. The coal-fired TSS Earnslaw provides a fascinating link with Queenstown’s past. Children love watching the stokers at work in the engine room and seeing the glowing fireboxes. As you relax on board enjoy delicious café style food or a drink from the bar. Every cruise allows you plenty of time to explore the decks and bridge, view the historic displays in the fo’c’sle gallery or on the return cruise, enjoy a lively sing-along around the piano.

All the fun of the farm. Disembark from the TSS Earnslaw at Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shore of Lake Wakatipu for a taste of rural New Zealand. Children can feed the lambs (during Spring) and other farmyard animals, watch the sheepdog round up a flock of sheep and see a shearing demonstration. Country air works up a healthy appetite, so the trip includes a hearty morning or afternoon tea with fresh scones and pikelets. BBQ lunches, evening dining and horse treks (min. age 8) are available.

TSS Earnslaw:  Cruises Adult $70, Child $30
Cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm Experience:  Adult $95, Child $35 (child is 5-14 years, 4 years and under carried free).

Ask about Kids Go FREE special deals during selected NZ school holidays

Departures: daily, various departures. 
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* The TSS Earnslaw will undergo annual maintenance from early June to early July 2018. During this time a launch will substitute for farm and dining experiences at a reduced price.

TSS Earnslaw Club Membership

Unlimited TSS Earnslaw steamship cruises and discounts across Real Journeys product range.    
Annual: Adult $125, Child $65 (conditions apply).

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