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Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown - with unbiased reviews

Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a barbecue lunch served with spectacular views of the Southern Alps. Take a tour that bundles a scenic trip on a vintage steamship, a meal at the Colonel's homestead, and demonstrations of traditional farming skills. The menu showcases local cuisine food from the Central Otago region.
  • Vintage steamship cruise across Lake Wakatipu
  • Chef-prepared barbecue lunch with meats, cheeses, salads, and desserts
  • Watch a sheepdog and sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Cruising the lake gives unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains
What to Expect
Make your way to a wharf on the Queenstown waterfront to board the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship that’s more than a century old. Check out the engine room to see how the twin-screw propellers are powered, or just enjoy the view from the open deck—bring your camera for panoramic shots of the mountains. Upon arrival at Walter Peak High Country Farm, sit down to a barbecue lunch. Sample salads, local cheeses, and meats, with the option to add for-fee wine pairings from Central Otago. Before or after lunch, watch farm show demonstration that includes working sheepdogs and sheep shearing, then board the TSS Earnslaw for the return trip to Queenstown.
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Important Information
Departure Point
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Gourmet BBQ Lunch
  • Farm Show
  • Live English commentary on board as well as interpretation handouts in English, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Full bar services operate on the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak and at the Colonel’s Homestead.This is at your own expense. When the TSS Earnslaw is on her annual survey a smaller boat will substitute. The next survey will be during dates 02 June - 03 July 2020.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Pets are welcome
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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TammyM wrote a review 5 Dec
177 contributions39 helpful votes
This was amazing start on a 100+ year old steam ship. The sheep shearing and dog herding was crazy good but if you go do not do the buffet, far below par. In exchange do the tea room with sweets and scones. I did the buffet and was very disappointed with the quality of the
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Date of experience: December 2019
Amber872 wrote a review Nov 2019
15 contributions6 helpful votes
Visited in November 2019. The cruise over was enjoyable with the exception of the piano which took away from the ambience. It’s like stepping back in time but not in a good way. It feels like you are at a Sunday service! The farm is breathtakingly beautiful and the gardens are a
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Cathy T wrote a review Nov 2019
13 contributions2 helpful votes
The ride on the TSS Earnslaw was pleasant. I would probably recommend you have someone cleaning away tables prior to another lot of people boarding. The lunch at Walter peaks was beautiful, possibly the best buffet style meal I have ever had. The farm demonstration was very
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Date of experience: October 2019
Susan S wrote a review Oct 2019
8 contributions3 helpful votes
Excellent excursion to the sheep farm. Great as you can catch the steamship from the wharf right in Queenstown. Demonstration of sheep shearing, herding of sheep by the cutest border collie, Shea?!?! And feeding the cows, goats and deer. Gourmet lunch was top notch - well
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Melvin wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions
one of the best food we eaten in Queenstown. The ship is a 45 minute trip to the on board a steamboat. During the 45 minute your able to walk around to see the engine room, the front of the ship for photos, a room with all the old picture of the ship. once you arrive to the
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Date of experience: October 2019
Key Details
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: Korean, Portuguese
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