TSS Earnslaw turns 102

17 October 2014

The TSS Earnslaw turns 102 tomorrow (Saturday 18 October) and the occasion will be quietly marked this year with cake for all who travel on her.

The iconic old steamer is the oldest original coal-fired passenger carrying steamship in the Southern hemisphere.

Earlier this year 22 tonnes of new hull plating and frames were put in to the mid-ships of the vessel and next year she will be in the dry dock for the second year in a row to replace plating in the aft peak, as part of Real Journeys ongoing programme of restoration.

“October 18 is always a reminder of the enormous role the TSS Earnslaw played in the history of this area, both as the lifeline for the high country stations before the roads went in, and as a New Zealand tourism icon.  We certainly feel a big responsibility to look after her and keep her in top condition whilst always retaining her authenticity,” says Richard Lauder, Chief Executive of Real Journeys.

Walter Peak has also been given an extensive upgrade over the last year.  A large pergola, outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace has been added with a louvre roof that automatically shuts when it rains; enabling guests to stay warm and enjoy their gourmet BBQ and take in the fabulous views outside - whatever the weather.

For further information contact:

Ajit Pilo - Real Journeys Marketing Manager
Mobile: +64 27 442 4772