TSS Earnslaw

Lady of the Lake: a slow boat to paradise, this grand steamship from 1912 is one of New Zealand’s original tourist attractions

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TSS Earnslaw is one of the world’s oldest and largest remaining coal-fired steamships and has graced the lake since 1912. She is the last of a long line of coal-burning steamers used on the lake to ferry people and goods to inaccessible areas on the shores of Lake Wakatipu from as early as 1863.

Now used primarily for pleasure cruising, she takes visitors to the popular Walter Peak High Country Farm for the start of more adventurous experiences on foot and bike and onto the surrounding hills and towering mountains. Visitors can view the engine room with its giant steam engines, while a collection of historical photos in the ship’s museum tell the story of her colourful history. 

Having carried royalty and movie stars, the ship has also played a cameo role in the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. 

Facilities and Information

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  • accessible Wheel chair accessibility
  • attach_money Entry fees may apply

Contact information


Real Journeys Visitor Centre
88 Beach Street,
New Zealand


Departs: Daily, various departures

Season: All Year (except early June 2019 - early July 2019 for annual maintenance)

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