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TSS Earnslaw Steamship Lake Cruises

Take a scenic cruise of Lake Whakatipu from Queenstown on board the iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw.

There is plenty of time to explore the decks and bridge, view the engine room or sit back and relax while enjoying food and a drink from the Promenade Cafe (extra cost). The TSS Earnslaw makes several daily trips across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

  • Duration: 1hr 30 mins
  • Departures: daily, all year*
  • Visit the Fo'c'sle Gallery
  • Watch the giant steam engines at work 
  • Drinks & food available from the Promenade Cafe

*The TSS will undergo annual maintenance from 3 June - 28 June 2024- and will not be operating during this time.

RealNZ Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf,

88 Beach Street

Queenstown, 9300

  • Valid until 30 September 2024.
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Scenic cruise on Lake Whakatipu aboard vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Delicious food, explore decks, view engine room and historic displays.

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Café-style food and drinks are available for purchase from the Promenade Café on board the TSS Earnslaw.

Prices valid until 30 September 2024 and are per person based on a TSS Earnslaw Cruise departing Queenstown. TSS Earnslaw will undergo annual maintenance from 20 May to 30 June 2024.

If cancelling or amending a retail booking, a refund will only be granted when RealNZ receives notification 24 hours prior to departure.

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Relive the elegance of turn of the century travel with a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship. Watch the stokers fuel the fireboxes, feel the heat from the boilers and hear the steam engines working as "the Lady of the Lake" takes you across beautiful Lake Whakatipu. As you relax onboard enjoy a delicious meal or snack from the Promenade Café or a drink from the bar. There is plenty of time to explore the ship while taking in the breathtaking alpine views. See our website for departures, prices, full cruise details and other great Queenstown and Fiordland excursions.

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TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises on Lake Wakatipu

Enjoy Queenstown's stunning alpine beauty aboard the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw

A 45-minute sail over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu on the vintage TSS Earnslaw kicks off and caps out this half-day excursion. You are welcome to explore the ship at your leisure; the great steamship is essentially a floating museum dedicated to its history. 

The engine room of the TSS. Earnslaw is a fascinating place to see how our hardworking coal-stokers keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Wakatipu. 

The farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Station is interesting for the whole family, and you can spend a few hours there sampling their delicious cuisine. Various salads, veggies, and exquisite locally sourced meats cooked on the outside rotisserie or barbeque make up the BBQ buffet. A variety of desserts, including fresh bread and cheese, are available.

The Colonel’s Homestead atop Walter Peak in Queenstown is a beautiful site to spend a sunny day as it looks out over Lake Wakatipu and the breathtaking alpine beauty of Queenstown. The colonial-style building and expansive gardens are reminiscent of a more refined time. Wander the beautiful gardens that have won awards and meet the creatures who make the station home. 

Cruises on the TSS Earnslaw leave on a daily basis. You may select between a cruise and a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek excursion, guided cycling ride, BBQ lunch, or evening dinner.

We're passionate about sharing this stunning part of New Zealand with the world.

Which is why we've developed a range of experiences for you to choose from , tss earnslaw vintage steamship cruises.

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Price:  Adults: $99 pp – Children $49 Duration: 1 hour 30 mins Departs: 12:oo pm – 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Take in the breathtaking scenery of Queenstown on a voyage across Lake Wakatipu aboard a historic steamer launched in 1912.

The leisurely 90-minute voyage around the lake takes in some of Queenstown’s most beautiful alpine scenery while providing ample opportunity to discover a bit of Queenstown’s living history.

You may tour the engine room and observe the massive steam engines in action, peruse our mini-collection museum’s of historical photographs, inspect the bridge, or even join in on a sing-along with the pianist.

Alternatively, you may relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer, as well as café-style fare, at our on-board Promenade Café and Bar.

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tours 

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At Queenstown’s Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western banks of Lake Wakatipu, visitors may experience New Zealand’s farming lifestyle.

The farm is an ideal location to spend a few relaxed hours and get a taste of High Country farming life.

The first visit is to observe farm dogs gathering up sheep in hill paddocks and to witness a farmer shear a sheep. Our rural demonstration will next lead you on a walking tour of the farmyard, where you can assist in feeding the alpaca, sheep, and deer, as well as get up up and personal with the Scottish Highland Cattle.

Enjoy a freshly baked afternoon tea following a stroll through the lakefront gardens. After that, you’ll board the TSS Earnslaw for the return trip to Queenstown.

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

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Enjoy a classic steamer lake trip, a delicious BBQ lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, plus a farm demonstration following the meal.

Lunch begins with a journey across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Once there, you may relax on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and inhale the delectable scents emanating from our chef’s grilling of the freshest local ingredients.

  • Gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant
  • Enjoy lakeside dining at Walter Peak High Country Farm, away from the bustle of Queenstown
  • Includes the return scenic cruise on board the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship
  • Be entertained by the farm demonstration, see the farm dogs at work 

Walter Peak Gourmet Barbecue Dinner

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Supper with a twist — a classic steamship lake cruise followed by a delicious BBQ dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, followed by a farm demonstration and opportunity to browse the gift store.

Relax in the unique atmosphere of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, located in the heart of Walter Peak’s majestic homestead.

Here, you’ll experience a Gourmet BBQ supper including an abundance of New Zealand and local cuisine, from exquisite grilled meats to a variety of delectable veggies and salads. Then indulge in our delectable desserts, New Zealand cheeses, and freshly made tea and coffee to round out your meal.

On your return night voyage, you may enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-along with the ship’s pianist or take in the fresh night air on the moonlight decks as the lights of Queenstown approach.

Walter Peak Horse Treks

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Enjoy Queenstown’s stunning scenery on a lake cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw, then a relaxing horse trek at Walter Peak and return to the farm for morning/afternoon tea.

This 40 minute trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders.

There’s time to explore the glorious gardens and farmyard before heading back to Queenstown.

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Real Journeys also provide a coach and cruise tours to Milford Sound, Combine a cruise (day or overnight) on Milford Sound with a drive through spectacular alpine roads in our luxury coaches.    MORE INFORMATION.

Coach tours to Doubtful Sound.  Let us take you to Manapouri to join your Doubtful Sound cruise (day or overnight) onboard one of our coaches. MORE INFORMATION.

Relive the elegance of turn of the century travel with a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship.

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Affectionately known as the “Lady of the Lake”, the TSS Earnslaw has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people.

She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912.

View the magnificent scenery of Queenstown by taking a cruise and as you relax on board enjoy delicious cafe style food or a drink from the bar.

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TSS Earnslaw Cruise Queenstown: Worth it or Not? (2024)

Posted on Last updated: February 21, 2024

When visiting Queenstown, I heard a lot about the TSS Earnslaw cruise as one of the most popular tourist activities in Queenstown. Many blogs and even local friends talked it up, but at first, it seemed a bit too touristy to me. I wasn’t sure if it was just hype, or if the Earnslaw lunch/dinner cruise truly was something worth doing. 

The TSS Earnslaw is an old steamship built in the early 1900s that still operates on coal with its original (renovated) machinery, which you can view on the boat. The cruise enables you to see spectacular views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu and experience a meal on a farm across the lake if you choose.

Traveling on a reunion trip with my parents at the time, they decided they wanted to try the TSS Earnslaw cruise. As we had other plans in the morning, we opted for the dinner/evening cruise (although 5 pm in the summer is hardly the evening; it’s the middle of the afternoon with a 9:30-10 pm sunset time)!

We lined up with dozens of other tourists to get on the ship and set off on the evening dinner cruise. And now I’m going to tell you ALL my honest opinions about it! But first a few FAQ’s:

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TSS Earnslaw Queenstown FAQ

The TSS Earnslaw Cruise goes to the Walter Peak Station, a sheep station across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Those who booked a buffet meal will disembark here and those who did not will cruise back to the city.

YES there is a bar and cafe on the TSS earnslaw! You can begin buying drinks as soon as you get onboard, and there are snacks too. Expect an average of $15 for basic alcoholic drinks. But don’t fill up too quickly if you have booked a dinner cruise because the buffet is top-notch.

A simple cruise is $80, a Farm Tour + Afternoon Tea Cruise is $130, a Lunch buffet + Cruise is $145, and a dinner buffet + cruise is $165. The dinner cruise is pricier because it includes seafood!

TSS Earnslaw Cruise Options

If you are looking up options for the TSS Earnslaw cruise and are confused about the options, I’ll help clear that up for you as simply as possible.

There are four options: a 90-minute cruise, a farm tour cruise, a lunch cruise, and a dinner cruise. These all happen mostly simultaneously. The boat takes 45 minutes to get to Walter Peak High Country Farm, where ‘cruise + meal/tour’ people get off for their meal or tour, and ‘cruise only’ people stay on the ship and head back to Queenstown. When the boat gets back with the next cruise, meal/tour people get back on, etc.

Walter Peak High Country Farm Lake Wakatipu Queenstown from TSS Earnslaw cruise

TSS Earnslaw Cruise Only

Price: $99NZD

Timings: 11am (not always), 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, (seasonal) 7pm

Length: 90 minutes

Booking Link: Here is the link to book a TSS Earnslaw Cruise

If you book the cruise only, it is the cheapest option where you will be able to sail beautiful Lake Wakatipu and get unique and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. You can get snacks and drinks at the bar and enjoy viewing the steamship machinery.

You will, however, not be able to disembark the boat across the Lake and miss out on local meals and farm experiences at the Walter Peak Station.

TSS Earnslaw Farm Tour + Afternoon Tea

Price: $145NZD

Timings: 1pm, 3pm

Length: 3.5 Hours

Booking Link: Here is the link to book a TSS Earnslaw Farm Experience + Tea

The next cheapest option is great for families with kids or those who are curious about the workings of a farm and not too excited about a buffet.

The TSS Earnslaw cruise, farm experience, and afternoon tea includes all the great views of the cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm and back, as well as a tour of the farm and a lighter afternoon/morning tea with pastries and hot drinks.

The farm tour allows you into parts of the farm that others don’t access, where you can feed cows and sheep and also see the farm show demonstration, including shearing a sheep and sheepdog herding.

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TSS Earnslaw Lunch Cruise

Price: $175 NZD

Timings : 11am, 1pm

Booking Link: Here is the link to book a TSS Earnslaw Cruise + Lunch BBQ

The TSS Earnslaw lunch cruise includes all the fabulous views and commentary on the boat cruise as well as a massive, incredible and varied BBQ lunch buffet at Walter Peak Station and a farm show.

The BBQ lunch includes lots of local meats, charcuterie, salads, warm dishes, desserts, and more – the only thing it does not include, which the dinner cruise does, is seafood. Drinks are available for purchase. The farm show will show guests how a large sheep station works and demonstrate sheep shearing and sheepdog herding.

TSS Earnslaw Evening/Dinner Cruise

Price: $189NZD

Timings: 5pm, (seasonal/day dependent) 7pm

Length: 4 hours

Booking Link: Here is the link to book a TSS Earnslaw Cruise + Dinner Buffet

The TSS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise + BBQ Buffet also includes the wonderful lake and mountain views from the steamship as well as one of the most amazing buffets I (and many people I speak to) have had!

The dinner buffet includes everything from the lunch buffet as well as seafood – which is why it’s a tad more expensive. You can expect local/farm raised chicken, pork, lamb, locally caught fish, mussels, clams, prawns, smoked salmon, and tons of salad, charcuteria, veggie, and warm sides options.

The desserts are extensive and drinks are available for purchase. This tour also includes a farm show demonstrating sheep shearing, sheep dog herding and training, and more.

Here is my video recap below of our experience on the TSS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise! There’s even a comment from the coal shoveler saying that he does indeed love his job (no joke):

@kimmconn TSS Earnslaw Queenstown steamship tour: worth it?? Here’s what go expect in the tss Earnslaw cruise and dinner buffet (with seafood) and farm show too 🙂 one of the best things to do in Queenstown! #tssearnslaw #earnslaw #queenstown #nz #nztiktok #newzealand #tiktoktravel #travelvlog #fyp #cruise #buffet #dinner #view ♬ original sound – Kimmie Conner

TSS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise Review: Is it Worth it?

So, as I mentioned, we did the dinner cruise, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But when we stepped onto the ship, it was like stepping back in time. It was definitely crowded, which put me off at first, but after walking around the boat a bit and feeling the breeze in my face and the UNBELIEVABLE views, it was honestly really cool.

I was shocked to see the viewing platform inside the ship where you can stand over all the incredibly complicated and old steamship machinery still working the same way it did when it was built in 1912.

There are even a few men shoveling coal into various furnaces (apparently they are paid well – as they should be!) and watching all the cogs turning was unlike anything I have seen before. It sure was hot in there, but seeing this was a unique experience by itself.

I couldn’t really hear much of the commentary on the boat due to the noise from the ship, but I think there were places where it was more audible. There is also a museum-type section on one floor where you can see old photos of the Earnslaw from when it carried sheep and cargo.

TSS Earnslaw cruise travel blogger Kimmie Conner with wine

Walter Peak High Country Farm Buffet Dinner Review

After arriving at Walter Peak Station (which also has a fascinating history ) for the buffet, we easily got our table number and sat down. I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever forget that view; the gardens at the station are remarkable and colorful and the view of the lake is breathtaking. It truly is a beautiful place worth visiting.

And let’s just say that this buffet was truly one of the best of my life – and I’ve been to Vegas 😉 Honestly though, the food here was so fresh, and you could tell all the meat and fish was recently caught. The cheese board supplies were so extensive it almost made me anxious that I could only choose a little bit of everything if I still wanted to eat other warm sides and meats (haha, I love cheese a lot).

Warm sides included a vegan mac and cheese, flavorful baked veggies, delicious broccoli and feta dish, potato bake, and more, and there were 5+ kinds of salads next to smoked salmon, mussels, clams, huge prawns, and local chicken, lamb, pork, fish, and more.

TSS Earnslaw cruise Buffet dinner water peak station dinner buffet. Lake Wakatipu

Walter Peak Station Farm Show

I got a little bit delayed to the farm show because I was taking artsy pictures in the garden, but I arrived at the end of the sheep shearing (which is fine because I have actually spent a day shearing sheep in Western Australia , lol).

How the farm show works is this. There’s a small stage with retractable shades and a little amphitheater where one of the farmers fills you in on the history of Walter Peak High Country Farm and demonstrates a few things. He lets you know how a big station like this functions and how they maintain it, and how they have done so through history.

He demonstrates the shearing of a sheep and explains how the wool business works. He then gets into a big demonstration about sheep and cattle dogs, how the whole industry works, what the dogs are like, and some stories. He will then let the dog (who is onstage the whole time just raring to go and chase some sheep) go off into the paddock and herd some sheep into the smaller field.

If you have never seen anything like this before, it will surely be fascinating and a true NZ experience ass much of this country functions on farming. I had never seen a sheepdog at work before, and I thought it was the most incredible thing.

Walter Peak High Country farm tour and farm show sheep herding

Is the TSS Earnslaw Worth it?

My verdict is that I would indeed travel to Queenstown to eat this meal and see these views again. Is the TSS Earnslaw worth the hype? In my opinion, they have created an incredible product, and while still touristy, it is popular for a good reason, and it exceeded everyone’s expectations. So, YES, it’s worth the hype (and worth upgrading to the dinner cruise to try the seafood).

HOWEVER – and this is a BIG HOWEVER – I would not do the cruise only without a meal. While the views were great from the boat, I think the most spectacular part of the evening was eating the delectable meal and enjoying a local wine while strolling through the prolific colorful flowers and manicured gardens (and I’m not even a garden person normally). The whole setting with the gardens, mountain view, lake, food, and ship was the best part for me.

So if you’re going to spend money on the TSS Earnslaw Cruise anyway, spend a bit more for one of the most memorable meals ever. We booked the dinner cruise on Viator and it was a simple and easy process.

Walter Peak high country farm gardens TSS Earnslaw cruise girl in field drinking wine

TSS Earnslaw History

Now that we’ve gotten my review and specific info out of the way, why is this old steamship here in the first place? The TSS Earnslaw is actually one of the oldest remaining/still running coal-fired steamships on the planet.

The ship was built in Dunedin, NZ, and transported to Lake Wakatipu in parts, reassembled on the lake, and has been there ever since. The TSS Earnslaw’s function was to transport people, cargo, and stock around different parts of the Lake (mostly farms/stations) that were not reachable as there were no roads.

However, with the construction of roads, these steamships became obsolete. That is until a travel company purchased the Earnslaw and renovated her into the tourist vessel that you see today. Read more about the Earnslaw’s history, fun facts, and even celebrities who have cruised on her here.

Walter Peak Station from the TSS earnslaw

Who Should Book a TSS Earnslaw Cruise?

At first, I thought that this kind of cruise would be the best for older people/boomers, which is what I assumed the target audience was. But after going on the cruise, I realized that it’s a great activity for pretty much anyone.

This activity is, of course, great for older people or those with limited mobility, as there isn’t too much moving that needs to be done. The cruise is especially great for families as the farm animals and gardens may excite children, and the food is good for all ages. It would even be great for a romantic trip and date evening to impress your significant other.

I am unsure if I would have booked this solo (as I travel solo often), but I am sure the restaurant would place you somewhere along a bar or at a smaller table where you can still enjoy the views. Solo travelers could easily move around the ship, find places to sit, and enjoy the gardens and farm show alone.

This was also great for groups, and on my evening, there were big groups sitting at longer tables inside celebrating different kind of events.

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TSS Earnslaw Queenstown Cruise + Gourmet BBQ Lunch at Walter Peak Station

By Author Jon Algie

Posted on Last updated: March 14, 2023

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TSS Earnslaw Queenstown Cruise + Gourmet BBQ Lunch at Walter Peak Station

After seeing the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown, you’ll probably be keen to get out on the water.  There are several to choose from — we did the TSS Earnslaw cruise with a buffet lunch at Walter Peak Station. This is what we saw (and what we ate).

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The TSS Earnslaw

The TSS Earnslaw is an old steamboat which has been cruising Lake Wakatipu for over 100 years.  It was built in 1912 — a very impressive piece of old-world engineering.

TSS Earnslaw at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

It seems a bit strange to be promoting a coal-powered boat trip in this day and age. Apparently the company that runs it is investigating carbon neutral ways of powering it. I read that it currently contributes 1% of transport related greenhouse gas emissions in the Queenstown Lakes District — which I guess means there are plenty of other offenders in this space that don’t have the historical significance and iconic status that the Earnslaw enjoys. Still though, the quicker they make it cleaner the better!

TSS Earnslaw cruise, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Earnslaw makes for a good photography subject too — hopefully you see it drifting into port while you’re exploring the beaches close to Queenstown.

TSS Earnslaw arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand

Earnslaw Cruise on Lake Wakatipu

The Earnslaw moors at Steamer Wharf and travels down Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. It takes around an hour, and on a nice day the views are stunning.  You’ll see heaps of mountains towering over high-country stations.

READ MORE: 15 Fun Things to Do in Queenstown

View of Queenstown from the TSS Earnslaw

You’ll want to be out on the front deck for the best views — luckily the boat is slow so it doesn’t get too cold and windy up there.

Lake Wakatipu views on the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown, New Zealand

It’s also fun to check out the engine room. There are viewing areas where you can see all the ins and outs of the historic steam engine — the kids will love it as well. Also check out the small museum onboard.

Walter Peak Station from the TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lunch at Walter Peak Station

If you’re going to splash out on a buffet meal in Queenstown, or anywhere in New Zealand, this is a hard option to beat. You can do it for lunch or dinner in the summer (until late March) or lunch outside of the warmer months.

Lunch at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

You’ll be feasting on some of the best locally sourced meat in New Zealand, including perfectly cooked lamb, steak, and pork. You can really go to town on it too — don’t fill up on bread and salad! There are plenty of non-meat side dishes, but I reckon if you’re vegetarian you wouldn’t get your money’s worth.

Buffet lunch at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

After eating lunch there are a couple of options. You can see the farm show, which mostly consists of cute farm dogs doing chores, as well as some information on Walter Peak Station.

Farm show at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

You could also walk to Beach Point (around 30 mins return) or chill out by the lawns and gardens near the restaurant. There’s also the obligatory gift shop.

Short walk at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

Do You Have to Do the Lunch and Farm Show?

Nope — you can just do the boat ride there and back, although it seems like you can’t even get off the boat for five minutes or so at Walter Peak Station. Still though, if you just want to cruise down the lake and back it’s a solid option. You can also do horse trekking there.

Beach at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

Where to Book the TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Here’s where you can book the   TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch . I reckon it’s great value if you’re doing the boat trip anyway, especially if you eat to the best of your potential. I probably ate four times my normal lunch amount! Alternatively, you can book the TSS Earnslaw 1.5 Hour Cruise . If you prefer to book directly, you can visit the Real NZ website. It often sells out quick so you might need to book in advance if visiting Queenstown over the summer.

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TSS Earnslaw moored at Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Experience the wonders of Lake Whakatipu aboard our modern catamaran. Aboard the Queenstown Lake Cruise, you will discover mountains, forests, and hidden coves as our skipper shares tales of the lake's history. Admire Bob's Cove, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps during our 1 hour and 30-minute cruise. Whether with family, friends, or a special someone, join us to uncover Queenstown's natural beauty. Relax onboard with our café and bar. 

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  • Enjoy a 1 hour 30-minute cruise on Lake Whakatipu

Ideal for couples, families and groups of friends

  • Sit back, relax and discover the special landscapes of Queenstown
  • Onboard café and bar: upgrade your experience by adding a cheese or charcuterie board
  • Learn the history and highlights of Lake Whakatipu from your skipper’s commentary
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RealNZ Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown.

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What is the weather like in Queenstown?

Queenstown has a climate with four distinct seasons however, being located in an alpine environment means the weather can be changeable. A guide for the temperatures you can expect is as follows:  summer  (December-February) 19-29 Celsius, autumn  (March-May) 15-25 Celsius,  winter  (June-August) 5-10 Celsius,  spring  (September-November) 9-15 Celsius.

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Please allow an additional 30 minutes to find parking for your vehicle prior to your check in time.  

There is limited free street parking available in the streets surrounding central Queenstown. There is paid parking available in the Man Street and Church Street parking buildings plus pay and display parking at the Boundary Street and Ballarat Street carparks.

Boundary Street and Ballarat Street carparks are suitable for motorhomes. Please allow 15 minutes to walk to the RealNZ office from there.

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When does the TSS Earnslaw Steamship go on its annual maintenance period in Queenstown?

The TSS Earnslaw Steamship in Queenstown usually goes on its annual survey in May and June each year. During this time a motorised vessel will operate as a substitute.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 2nd May 23 at 15:06

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Does the TSS Earnlaw Steamship cruise only include time at Walter Peak Farm Station?

For the TSS Earnslaw Steamship cruise only option, you do not disembark at Walter Peak and must stay on board the vessel. However, you can add on the Walter Peak Farm Tour or the BBQ Dining option, which allows you to explore Walter Peak Farm.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 13th Apr 22 at 12:34

Does the TSS Earnslaw Steamship in Queenstown run on New Year’s Day?

The TSS Earnslaw and all of the activities at Walter Peak operate on both Christmas and New Years.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Kiani) on 1st Mar 24 at 15:40

Is transport from Walter Peak Farm Station back to central Queenstown included in the TSS Earnslaw Steamship cruise?

Yes, transport back to Queenstown is included. The Earnslaw steamship departs from the wharf on the lake right in town. If you are doing just the cruise only then you will hop on board the boat from this wharf in town and travel across the other side of the lake for 45 minutes on board the boat and then travel back to the wharf in town. The entire trip on board the Earnslaw is 1.5 hours. If you wish to have lunch or dinner or do the farm tour at Walter Peak then you disembark the boat on the other side of the lake (at Walter Peak) spend 2 hours over there and then hop back on the boat and get dropped back off at the central wharf in Queenstown.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Callum) on 29th Dec 23 at 11:01

Does the TSS Earnslaw Steamship n Queenstown operate in June?

The TSS Earnslaw Steamship is usually taken out of the water for her Annual Survey (maintenance) from mid-May to end of June 2023. A substitute vessel is often provided as an alternative.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Kate) on 12th May 23 at 10:51

Does the TSS Earnslaw Steamship in Queenstown run on Good Friday?

Yes, the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown does operate on Good Friday.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Kate) on 16th Mar 23 at 20:48

Does the TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak dinner operate during the month of October?

Yes, the TSS Earnslaw Steamship lake cruise, Walter Peak BBQ Lunch & Lake Cruise and Walter Peak Evening Dining & Lake Cruise operate in October.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Kalena) on 25th Aug 22 at 13:13

Is there access for a double pram on the TSS Earnslaw Steamship and the Walter Peak farm tour from Queenstown?

There is a ramp on and off the TSS Earnslaw Cruise at Queenstown & Walter Peak, which allows access for prams. At Walter Peak Farm, the tour location is very open, so you will be able to take the pram around the farm with you.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 2nd Apr 22 at 16:56

Is there a SuperGold discount price for the earnslaw cruise?

Thank you so much for your enquiry. Yes, we can offer you a SuperGold card discount for the TSS Earnslaw Cruise here in Queenstown.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 16th Jan 22 at 14:16

Is it possible to book the TSS Earnslaw Steamship dinner cruise on Christmas Day?

Yes, the TSS Earnslaw Steamship and Walter Peak Dining operates on Christmas Day. This option often books out in advance, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 27th Nov 21 at 16:01

Can I take my dog on the 1.5 hour trip. He’s been on a few before but just wondering if you would consider allowing him onboard? Thanks

Thank you so much for your enquiry. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the TSS Earnslaw Cruise.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 3rd Aug 21 at 18:00

What time do you have to be at the pier on Saturday the 3rd July for the lunch cruise Thank you

Thank you so much for your enquiry. Check-in for the TSS Earnslaw BBQ Lunch Cruise is at 11:40 am.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 30th Jun 21 at 15:24

Hi are you running and is the farm open between 19-24th June

This vessel is out of the water on a survey between mid-May to mid-June, while it is onurvey (Maintenance), we do have an alternative vessel running during this time.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Rhiannon) on 30th Apr 21 at 16:13

Are the barbecue lunches still operating when the Earnslaw is on survey? I realize the Earnslaw is not operating, can you get there by some other means?

Yes the BBQ Lunch is still operating while theEarnslaw is on her annual survey. There will be an alternative motorised vessel used during this time for all Walter peak tours. 

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Rhiannon) on 19th Apr 21 at 15:30

Will the Earnslaw be running in June (between the 4th and 8th) 2021?

Thanks for your enquiry about the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown. The vessel will not be running during this period, as it has it's annual survey period from the 3rd May to the 24th June 2021. If you would like to explore other lake cruises you can do so HERE.

Comment by: ETG on 30th Mar 21 at 09:48

Is there horse trekking at Walter peak

Yes, we have Horse Riding available at Walter Peak. You can book this experience under Horse Riding - Walter Peak on our website.

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Rhiannon) on 18th Jan 21 at 14:55

Can we book a cruise without having to get off at Walter Peak station?

Yes, you can book the Earnslaw for a cruise only

Comment by: Everything New Zealand (Rhiannon) on 22nd Dec 20 at 13:25

I would like to travel to Walter Peak on the 14th or 15th of May, 2021. I have been told that the Earnslaw is not running on these dates but there are other boats operating.

The Earnslaw will be under-going some maintenance during that period and, unfortunately, due to the borders being shut because of Covid, they will not be running any other boats from the 3rd May 'til the 24th June!

Comment by: Everything New Zealand on 6th Dec 20 at 16:18

hi there, everybody here saying how high tea was nice. But I didnt see it being included in the description of this cruise? can you explain a bit more. thanks.

Hi Gulina, Thank you for your comment. The high tea was a new product that the operator launched for a limited period of time, as the Walter Peak BBQ lunch and evening dinner is now back in operation!

Comment by: ETG on 20th Nov 20 at 10:50

will the earnslaw be doing a xmas day lunch or dinner and if so menu and prices please

Hi Susie! Many thanks for your question. Yes, the TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak are open on Christmas Day! They are running a one-time slot which is a lunch the boat departs at 12.00 PM and returns at 3.45 PM. It is a BBQ lunch buffet style with lots of Christmas foods to choose from and with lots of Christmas decorations! 😊 They are running this tour for adults for $179 NZD per person, for children $89 NZD per person, and Infants up to 4yrs old go free.

Comment by: ETG on 12th Nov 20 at 12:48

Just wondering why there are no bookings after the 25th of September? We were wanting to book for the 30th of September. Thanks

Thank you so much for your enquiry. With the start of school holidays, the High Tea option will be no longer available but you can book the Farm Tour or BBQ Lunch Cruise.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 13th Sep 20 at 15:55

How long is the TSS Earnslaw Steamship?

The cruise on the TSS Earnslaw is 90 minutes return and you will have 1 hour at Walter Peak High Country Station to explore the farm & gardens.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 6th Sep 20 at 09:21

Kia Ora Earnslaw, are you doing the NYE cruise this year? Many thanks James

Yes, we are offering a Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw on NYE at 10:30 pm for $99 NZD per person.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 31st Aug 20 at 15:59

Is the substitute boat to walter peak travelling each day until the earnslaw is back and running AND Is there the BBQ option available for either lunch or tea with the substitute boat trip

what sort of boat is the substitute boat? Are fares cheaper if we don't get the earnshaw experience with lunch?

Comment by: Robin Arnold on 20th Feb 23 at 23:07

Thanks so much for your enquiry in regards to the TSS Earnslaw Cruise and BBQ Lunch. Yes while the Earnslaw will be out of the water for her annual survey they will be operating both the Cruise and Walter Peak on an alternative vessel. This has reduced the price for all the activities as you will not be sailing on the Earnslaw

Comment by: Karma on 21st Feb 23 at 14:58

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Is there a lunch cruise on 5 or 6 of July? I am visiting Queenstown for my big birthday.

The Earnslaw steamship is currently off the water for maintenance until 6th July. Day trips to Walter Peak are still running between now and the 6th on a substitute boat at the discounted price of $105.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Siobhan) on 17th Jun 19 at 08:47

Hello, is it ok to take a pram on board ?

Absolutely, the Earnslaw is pram friendly and all infants aged 4 and under travel free.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group on 29th Apr 19 at 08:52

I and my wife will be visiting NZ in April 19. I am about to book TSS cruiz. Just wanted to know wjat kind of food is served in dinner. This will help me to either book cruiz with dinner or I can manage my own. Hope you will have option of dinner or it is compulsory? If mandatory, do you serve special food on request?

Hiya, The dinner is a big (wonderful) buffet of locally sourced bbq meats, seafood, salayds, vegetables, potatoes, deserts etc. Lunch is the same without the seafood. You can go on the cruise without the food. Just select the cruise and farm tour option, or cruise only (cruise only means you cannot get off at walter peak must stay on and go back)

Comment by: Alicia - Everything Queenstown on 17th Sep 18 at 07:40

Hello - I was wondering if there is also a NYE cruise. I have read about it but can't find any recent information. Thank you!

Yes there is a late cruise on New Year's eve on the Earnslaw in Queenstown. It departs at 10.30pm and costs $79 per person. You get bubbles (sparkling wine) on arrival and there is live music and finger food. You can also buy drinks on board. It returns to Queenstown bay just before midnight in time for the fireworks and you are allowed to stay on board the boat to watch (best seat in the house!). There are limited seats available so if you would like to book you need to do this well in advance. If you are interested we can email a secure payment link.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 19th Nov 16 at 14:05

What is the cost for an adult with cruise and barbeque at lunchtime

Hi Dennis. The cost for the Earnslaw cruise and bbq lunch at Walter Peak in Queenstown  is $95 per adult with trips departing at 10am and 12pm every day except during June. See the link below for more information and to book:  http://www.everythingnewzealand.com/walter-peak-bbq-lunch-and-lake-cruise-queenstown-1210/

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 7th Feb 14 at 13:29

Comment by: ImmilmEvins on 22nd Mar 14 at 21:21

Do you have anything special planned for the evening of 31 Dec 2013 or is the trip the same as any other evening?

Hi Vanessa. The Earnslaw lake cruise in Queenstown operates as normal on New Years Eve during the day. So there are the usual 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm departures plus the lunch cruise at 12pm and the dinner cruise at 6pm. However there is also a special cruise at 10.30pm which will get back to the Queenstown harbour before the fire works at midnight. You will be able to stay on board the boat for the fireworks display (best seat in town!). Included in the price of $65 is an arrival drink, jazz band, 1.5 hour cruise of the Frankton arm of Lake Wakatipu.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 3rd Dec 13 at 12:49

Hi, I am wondering do we have to arrive the port exactly at six o clock. Is it possible to be fifteen minutes late before departure? Since I don't see any information for the departure time.

Hi Lawrence. The evening Earnslaw cruise departs the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown at 6pm sharp. You will need to check in at the Real Journeys visitor centre 20 minutes before hand at 5.40pm.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 18th Nov 13 at 20:11

Hi, is there access and facilities for a wheelchair?

Hi Tim. There is wheel chair access to board the Earnslaw steamship in Queenstown as a ramp is used by all customers getting on and off the boat. You would however have to stay on the one level once on board the boat as there are stairs to get up and down the 3 different levels. There are not any wheel chair friendly toilets on board the boat unfortunately however there is a public toilet near Steamer Wharf where the boat departs from in Queenstown that is wheel chair accessible.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 16th Aug 13 at 18:24

getting off the boat at functions is the ramp used everywhere

Comment by: George Samuel on 10th Jan 22 at 17:54

Thank you so much for your enquiry. Yes, there is an access ramp for wheelchairs on the TSS Earnslaw to get off at Walter Peak High Country Station.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 11th Jan 22 at 16:53

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I am interested in booking for the cruise and dinner for New Years Eve (31st Dec). What is the cost for 2 pax? Thanks, Angela

Hi Angela. The cost for the evening dining at Walter Peak and the Earnslaw cruise from Queenstown on New Years eve is the same price as it is during the year. The price is currently $118 for adults and the boat departs Queenstown wharf at 6pm and returns just before 10pm. This does get booked up in advance so I recommend booking sooner rather than later. There is currently space on the evening dining for you at this stage. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 14th Aug 13 at 14:15

Can i bring a 6 month old infant on the cruise and farm tour?

Hi Georgina

Yes, you can bring your 6 month old with you on the Earnslaw Steamship cruise and farm tour. There is no charge for children 4 years and under.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Kris) on 20th Apr 13 at 12:40

Is there a bar on board?

Hi Scandal, yes the Earnslaw Steamship does have a fully licensed bar on board, they also serve tea and coffee and some snacks. You may also be interested in their BBQ lunch or evening dining packages. Both of these options and a few more can be found under the "About" section.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Kris Barrs) on 5th Jan 13 at 09:10

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Kris Barrs) on 5th Jan 13 at 10:23

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Does the costs for the steamship include return fares? So for example, if I decide to take the cruise+horse trek option, after the horse trek, would I be cruising back to the starting point?

Hi Sal, yes the return Earnslaw fare is certainly included in the cost of the Cruise and Walter Peak Horse Trek. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 23rd Nov 12 at 12:49

Hi, Is there a Cruise option for Christmas Day 2012?

Hi Dale, yes there certainly is. The Earnslaw operates its cruise as normal on Christmas Day. Please note though the Farm Tour & BBQ lunch option is not available.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 22nd Oct 12 at 13:59

Where is the departure point in Queenstown?

Hi Phyllis, the Earnslaw departs from Steamer Wharf which is on Shotover St on the lake front. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 4th Oct 12 at 12:03

We'd like to book Steamship+farm+BBQ lunch for tomorrow. But I'm concerned if we have enough time to catch this trip from Airport as we take flight JQ279 from Auckland and estimated arriving at 8.45am tomorrow, then we have to take a rental car at the airport. Thanks, Jim

Hi Jim, Good news, yes you will have time to do the Earnslaw Steamship with Farm tour and BBQ lunch. The airport is located 10 minutes drive from town and the departure point for this trip. You will have plenty of time to be able to do the 12pm tour with a check in at 11.40am.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Kris Barrs) on 16th Sep 12 at 09:15

Hi there, We are a party of 4 adults and we expect to be in your area on or about Thursday 20th September. We are looking to book the daytime cruise, farm and BBQ. As we will only be in the district for a couple of days, what happens if the weather is really bad and the trip is cancelled ? Would we get a refund ?

Hi Jim. Yes that is correct. If the Earnslaw cruise, farm tour & bbq lunch or any other activity you book is cancelled due to bad weather or for any other reason then you can reschedule or receive a full refund from us.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 22nd Aug 12 at 11:16

hello! We are coming to NZ in Oct just wondering if we did the evening cruise if it was daylight savings? Didn't want to book and be in the dark on the farm and miss all those spectacular views!! Also do the bbq lunch and the evening tour have bar facilities on the farm? We will have a booking of 15 adults, do you offer any group discounts?

Hi Lee, If you departed on the 6pm trip you would have more than enough time to see all the great views. The sun is setting between 8 and 8:30pm. Below is a link to the exact sunset times so you can help to work out what time best suits. There are bar facilities over at Walter Peak so there will be no reason for anyone to go dry! http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=2105&month=10&year=2012&obj=sun&afl=-11&day=1

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Nigel) on 12th Aug 12 at 19:38

hi there,i am planning to come down in october and i was wondering if you do these cruises all year round particully on sundays? and if so is there still a ten am departure as your web page suggests? when i went to book it only had a 12pm departure option. . . .?

Hi Katherine, yes the Earnslaw will be operating in October and operates everyday including Sunday's. The 10am departure is not showing in October as it is only available in the summer months. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 4th Jul 12 at 16:16

I was wondering if you there would be a New Years Eve dining option on the Earnslaw this year and if so what the details/prices are? Thanks!

Hi Louise, yes there is an evening dining option on New Year's Eve. The standard 6pm dining option will be available and it is $115 per adult.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 23rd May 12 at 19:26

Hi Just wanted to check that the TSS earnslaw will be back in the water on the 2nd July. It is something I have always wanted to do!

Hi Rebecca, yes the TSS Earnslaw is scheduled to be back operating on the 30th June this year so you will be fine for a trip on the 2nd July.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 22nd May 12 at 15:23

Hi,I read somewhere saying the TSS Earnslaow will stop operating as the survery during this coming school holiday in July? just wonder if we can take steamship during 8/July~9/July? if no, is there any alternative scenic boat we can choose?thanks

Comment by: stella on 23rd Jun 12 at 22:02

Hi Stella, the Earnslaw will now be back from survey on the 14th July. This unfortunately means it will not be operating for the 8/9th July. There is a substitute launch operating in place of the Earnslaw however this is not operating for the cruise only. The substitute launch is more in place to get people to and from Walter Peak for the farm tour and bbq lunch option which is still available.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 25th Jun 12 at 13:09

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Hi, do you take persons confined to a wheelchair on your TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruises?

Hi Colin. Yes the Earnslaw Steamship in Queenstown is capable of accommodating customers in wheelchairs. There are several levels on board the boat which wont all be accessible but the main deck that is accessed by a ramp from the wharf has plenty of room.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Nigel) on 21st May 12 at 18:53

Hi there On another website I saw there is a special for kids in July that they are free? Is this the same for you guys? Also on the cruise + farm tour, is there an option for afternoon tea instead of bbq lunch on the 12noon cruise? or can you purchase food once at Walter Peak? Got a 7yr old and a 4yr old travelling in July with me and I know they will be hungry

Hi Abby, if you choose the cruise + farm tour option (without the BBQ) then yes morning or afternoon tea is provided. Kid's specials are often available during school holidays. On the cruise + farm tour option only, kids travel free from 30th June - 15 July. This applies to kids 0-18years and there is a maximum of 2 free children per full fare-paying adult.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 15th May 12 at 10:20

We will be visiting in September, will the dinner cruise be operating on the TSS Earnslaw?

Hi Allan and Kym, yes the TSS Earnslaw evening dining option operates all year round so you are fine to book for September.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 13th May 12 at 14:57

Hi am disapointed to read in your Q&A that the Earnslaw is out of action during June. We are visiting then haven't been for 18yrs my one disire was a trip to Walter Peak Station for lunch is there any other way of getting there.

Hi Penny. Great news, there is an another launch that is being used to ferry passengers across to Walter Peak while the Earnslaw is off the water on its annual survey during June. If you would like to book this just let us know and I can guide you how to do this on our website.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 29th Apr 12 at 11:53

Hi there, Was wondering about the same question. May I know more about the launch used to replace TSS? Is it something of a similar size and will there be some cafe facilities onboard too?

Comment by: Jack on 18th May 14 at 07:18

Hi Jack. The launch used to ferry passengers back and forth during this time is a much smaller boat that holds about 100 people. There are toilet facilities and drinks available on board. You can not do just the cruise only but you can book the launch across to Walter Peak to do the farm tour or bbq lunch during June while the Earnslaw is off the water.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 19th May 14 at 18:08

Arriving on 31 May will Steamship be operating

Hi Carolyn. The Earnslaw steamship is off the water on its annual survey for maintenance from the 20th May until the end of June this year (2012). 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 25th Apr 12 at 18:12

Hi. will be in Queenstown in late August and would like to know what options are available with the cruise at that time, Thanks Sandra.

The TSS Earnslaw does not operate all Lunch and Dinner options during the winter months. Your options in August will be Cruise only, Cruise & Farm Tour or Cruise, Farm Tour & BBQ. All of these options can be booked through our site.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Nigel) on 22nd Apr 12 at 13:15

How much walking is involved with the Walter Peak bbq lunch etc? (1 pax with walking stick)

Hi Issi. There is a couple of steps you need to walk over getting on and off the Earnslaw and a little gravel around the house at Walter Peak however there is not too much walking involved if you don't want there to be and the trip would be fine for someone with walking stick. You can walk as much or as little as you like once you reach Walter Peak.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 2nd Apr 12 at 11:02

Hi Is the cruise and evening dinning available on the 31st May?

Hi Cheryl the Earnslaw evening cruise and dining is not available on the 31st May due to the Earnslaw being out of action from the 20th May to the 29th June on annual survey.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 30th Mar 12 at 11:52

Just wondering how much for my daughter for cruise only, she is 3 yrs old. thanks.

Hi Danny, children aged 0-4 years old travel for free on the Earnslaw Steamship.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 17th Mar 12 at 21:08

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