The TSS Earnslaw is a vintage steamship that sails the waters of Lake Wakatipu, near Queenstown. Known as the ‘Grand Lady of the Lake’, it is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Central Otago.
Built in Invercargill in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw was disassembled and brought to Lake Wakatipu by rail, reassembled and launched. It was named after Mt Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu.
The TSS Earnslaw is one of the last remaining coal fired passenger carrying vessels operating in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a much loved icon and has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. The TSS Earnslaw carries passengers across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Walter Peak Station, a tourist oriented high-country sheep farm.