TSS Earnslaw

Our other tourist activity was a ride on the steamship TSS Earnslaw, across Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, over to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

 

TSS Earnslaw

TSS Earnslaw

We were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day for our trip.  The coal burning steamship was built in 1912 to provide services for the sheep stations around the lake that were otherwise inaccessible.  The 7 mile journey between Queenstown and Walter Peak farm takes about an hour and a half, and you can visit the engine room, where a fellow in coveralls shovels coal to keep the ship moving.

 

shovelin' coal

shovelin' coal

Lake Wakatipu is the second longest lake in NZ, stretching 52 miles from Glenorchy to Kingston.  It’s over 1,000ft deep and averages about 53F (glacial water).  Brr!

 

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

We’re suckers for historic modes of transportation, and this trip was quite a treat.

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~ by ... on 3 May 2009.

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