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“A Great Piece of History”

Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises
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Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Cleveland, OH
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“A Great Piece of History”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

We arrived in Queenstown and decided on a cruise because it was cold and rainy and we just didn't want to be outside. The TSS Earnslaw is a coal fired steam ship that has been in operation for over a hundred years. There are several touring options including a sheep station and dinner at the sheep station. We opted for the cruise only. The engine room can be viewed from the seating area or from a catwalk that goes right through it. It is fun to watch them start and stop the engine on command from the bridge and watch the stoker load coal into the boilers. There was room to move around, the seats were comfortable and food and drinks were available for sale. Good way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“A treasure!”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is truly an iconic piece of Queenstown and her history. Upon the ship docking in Queenstown watching the coal being poured into the boat added to the experience, as was getting my photo taken. On the way to Walter Peak farm, you have the choice of either exploring the steam boat including the engine room, taking in scenery that no other boat tour in the region offers or as I did-both! The Earnslaw is large, with plenty of seating and food options if need be and will be exciting for all ages. It is a little pricey (55 NZD) and having an option to buy a photo without all the additional merchandise (key rings, cd of professional photos) would have been nice as an improvement. Still, an amazing trip, thank you.

Visited October 2013
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Cairns, Australia
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“Great Trip with Spectacular Views”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had a fantastic trip in the TSS Earnslaw. The views are spectacular to say the least. We opted to just do the round trip on the boat, but are thinking next time to do the lunch at the sheep station if the weather is good! The crew are very friendly and it does have drinks and nibbles on board. The trip is a must do while visiting Queenstown, on this lovely vintage old steam boat!

Visited October 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“My first trip on the Earnslaw”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

And it was raining heavens hard and blowing a gale but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was great to be able to see the engine room and the fire being stoked and what great condition the steamer is in. The food was basic but OK and there's not a lot to do in such filthy weather conditions. Glad we did the ride only as it would have been very miserable at Walter Peak Station under umbrellas.

Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Wonderful views”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

In all the times we have been to Queenstown this is the first time the old ship has been actually working. The voyage out to the sheep station is magnificent provided you have good weather, but I would only go on a sunny day. It has a bar and sells basic food items, you can look at the steam engines working, and for our voyage we were initially in fog and they had to use the foghorn, causing those on the front deck to jump. The ship is in pretty original condition, and I think was built in the same year as the Titanic, not that they mentioned that.

Only regret is that we only booked the cruise, everyone else got off for the barbeque at the sheep station and I wish we had too.

Visited October 2013
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