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    Walter Peak

    Horse Treks

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    Walter Peak

    Horse Treks


Departure Location

Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, Queenstown Bay

What’s included

TSS Earnslaw Cruise
Leisurely horse trek
Morning or afternoon tea

What to bring

Shoes/boots (non slip), warm clothing/jacket, long trousers recommended, sunscreen/sunglasses and camera.

About the TSS Earnslaw 

The TSS Earnslaw is an integral part of Queenstown’s pioneering history and to this day a Queenstown icon. 

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TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, 1912

She was commissioned by New Zealand Railways to service the communities around Lake Wakatipu. Launched in the same year as the Titanic, the TSS Earnslaw’s maiden voyage was on 18 October 1912. 

Soon known as The Lady of the Lake, she provided an essential link between the isolated farming communities along the lake and the outside world.  At 48 metres long, she was the biggest boat on the Lake and carried passengers, sheep, cattle, mail and supplies. 

Nearly scrapped in 1968, she was rescued and purchased by Real Journeys and put to work once again carrying passengers around the Lake. Since then the TSS Earnslaw has been painstakingly restored to its original condition – everything you see is pretty much like it was a 100 years ago. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is the only coal fired steamship in operation in the southern hemisphere, making her one of the most unique experiences in the world.

The TSS Earnslaw has featured in several movies including a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Amazon River Boat. Parts of the trawler SS Venture in Peter Jackson’s King Kong were inspired by the TSS Earnslaw. Famous composer Ron Goodwin composed a piece of music inspired by the rhythm of the TSS Earnslaw’s engines.