Sailing Lake Wakatipu on the Old TSS Earnslaw Steamboat
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Sailing Lake Wakatipu on the Old TSS Earnslaw Steamboat

Sailing Lake Wakatipu on the Old TSS Earnslaw Steamboat

Lake Wakatipu Old Steamboat

Albeit very touristy, sailing Lake Wakatipu on the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamboat was a lovely experience. The 90 minutes journey, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery that makes Queenstown so special, is the best way to admire Lake Wakatipu, and the mountains reflecting in the water.

[pullquote]The best way to enjoy Lake Wakatipu and the breathtaking scenery around Queenstown? Sailing blissfully on an old steamboat[/pullquote]

Launched in 1912, the same year as the Titanic, the TSS Earnslaw steamboat was lovingly restored and welcomes the passengers in a vintage atmosphere, reminding of old times. I indulged myself with a good glass of white wine from the pretty bar, and walked across the boat to look at the impressive engine room. And I tried to catch as much as possible of the enchanting scenery, that made me think a lot of my beloved Switzerland, although Queenstown and its surroundings are even more beautiful.

Note: Warm thanks to Tourism New Zealand, which kindly provided me with  an Explore NZ Card entitling me to a number of free or discounted activities. More thanks to Real Journeys who, thanks to the Explore NZ Card kindly provided me with a complimentary tour on the TSS Earnslaw, as well as a free welcome drink.  I am certainly thankful for the offers, but what gained my heart was only the breathtaking scenery of Queenstown.


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • Traveling Ted
    Posted at 04:57h, 10 April Reply

    That looks like a blast. Touristy things are fun to do now and then and it looks like the scenery is awesome.

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