TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown New Zealand

Back in January when we traveled to New Zealand, to work on this wedding, we got the chance to visit the South Island and we stayed for an entire week in the beautiful Queenstown! One lovely afternoon we were lucky enough to go on a little adventure aboard this ship! The TSS Earnslaw is a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer plying the waters of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. It is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Central Otago, and the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.

The Earnslaw celebrated her centenary in October 2012 and continues in routine operation carrying tourist passengers across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm, a tourism operation with farm tours, horse treks, heritage tours, barbecue lunches and evening dining at the historic Colonel's Homestead.

The ship works fourteen hour days in the summer months and cruises for eleven months of the year, despite being over 100 years old. Visitors to the region can undertake a 1.5 hour cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw and view the workings of the steam engine and stokers. The mountains are always very close and the blue water is mesmerizing! 

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Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata

{Film photos taken with Contax 645 and Canon EOS1 and scanned at Carmencita Film Lab}