TSS Earnslaw: 1.5-Hour Cruise From Queenstown
- Duration: 1.5 hours
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Tour was a little pricey but worth it for fans of Lord Of The Rings. One will have better appreciation of tour if the trilogy was reviewed before the trip to Queenstown. Destinations were picturesque. I went on a rainy day but umbrellas were conveniently provided. Ben, the tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the destinations. The activity when participants get to wear costumes and pose for pictures was fun but the costumes were a bit stinky and probably would need more frequent washing/cleaning. The snack served in the Glenorchy shack was yummy and was perfect with hot tea.
We had the best guide!! He had so much enthusiasm and absolutely loves what he does. A fun filled half day. We saw the back drops of scenes used in filming the LOTR films, drove on an old gold mining road, drove on an old one lane gold mining equipment road through the mountains, panned for gold, and had morning tea riverside. We learned so much! Best half day tour of our month long trip.
Doing the ferry without the farm was great especially if you book the 10am trip as this means that although the front of the boat is packed with people with cameras and selfie sticks on the way out it is far quieter on the way back and you can get your pictures and enjoy the scenery in peace. I doubt this is the case for any other trip as they bring people back on the other journeys.
The entire experience was wonderful, as it always has been. It was my 8th trip on this historic steamship & apart from some severe wind along the southern shore heading into Walter Peak station, which was well handled by the captain, everything was exceptional.
We really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Joel, was friendly and funny. It was informative and complete with visual aids from the movie. And we were allowed to go where other tour companies weren't allowed to go, which was a plus. Highly recommend.