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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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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
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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” (174 reviews)
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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

We had not planned to do an Earnslaw excursion, but after hearing many rave reviews we took a chance on an afternoon cruise. We boarded the boat and enjoyed a pianist quietly playing as we investigated this beautiful ship from a bygone era and steamed...More

Thank hellp842
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love traveling old steamers like this; it is a well kept ship, and I enjoyed having tea on the way over, as I also did the farm tour. The day I went it was full up~! the farm experience was also delightful; growing up...More

Thank monkeysmom21
Reviewed 2 days ago

On my first day in Queenstown I strolled down to the wharf with no initial plans for the day. I walked into the real journeys visitor centre looking at different tours/brochures and saw that TSS Earnslaw was about to leave the wharf to go to...More

Thank Josie J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Earnslaw with Walter Peak BBQ lunch is a steal! It's not BBQ, it's a gourmet feast. Farm show is an added bonus.

Thank Donn T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We did the cruise and the bbq option really good day out food was awesome one of not the best bbq feeds I have eaten and you can eat as much as you like just keep going back facilities are spotless staff are great both...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Something I hadn't really considered doing before, I thought an old steam boat around the lake didn't really tickle my fancy, but, I ended up doing it when my parents came to stay. We did the evening meal out at farm below Walter's Peak and...More

Thank Rosietovey
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I booked onto the TSS Earnslaw for the 6-10 pm evening cruise, gourmet BBQ dinner, and farm show (NZ$ 130 pp). After boarding the fantastic steam ship as the weather was great we headed to the front outside deck and got a...More

Thank Nick_P1290
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would pass on this one unless I had plenty of time. The ride is very relaxing and the demonstrations on shearing the sheep as well as the different kinds of sheep were very interesting, but I was raised on a sheep ranch in the...More

Thank 627raeda
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there and thanks for the review. We're pleased to see you enjoyed how relaxing the cruise on Lake Wakatipu is and also how interesting the farm tour was, even if it was quite similar to what you had grown up with. Hopefully you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I have just returned and now we want to go again :) The voyage was smooth, the scenery stunning and being able to see some of the inner workings in the boiler room fascinated my son. The sing along on the return...More

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did an evening cruise so we set of in the daylight and returned to the twinkling lights of Queenstown. We loved the old Steamship, she has such a history and is so different to many of the adrenaline things to do in Queenstown. The...More

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Evon F
February 13, 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
October 11, 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
August 3, 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