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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 on the terrace. 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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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 on the homestead's terrace, 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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Walter Peak BBQ lunch

This trip was amazing. Awesome cruise up the lake with amazing scenery. Walter Peak Station was so beuatiful. The staff were so attentive. And then the lunch! Perfectly cooked BBQ with an amazing range of veges and salads. It was a truly spectacular meal. A...More

Thank Sue-E-J-NZ
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Dine with a view

We went on the steamship to the Walter Peak Homestead and had a great day. The sheep shearing demonstration was interesting but the bbq lunch was an absolute winner. The setting was just stunning overlooking the lake. The food was definitely gourmet with a wide...More

Thank Silversaint
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
BBQ lunch

We have done the Earnslaw trip over to Walter Peak for the gourmet bbq lunch twice now and still not disappointed. Mulled wine on the way over to the station a must, scenery amazing 😊

1  Thank AnnieLo1961
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip great for families

Get to the boat early so you get a seat! Then sit back and enjoy the amazing scenery. The shearing show was great and we loved he dogs Leo and ace. But the bbq lunch wow better than we could ever expect so much amazing...More

3  Thank melprewer
Reviewed 20 July 2018
The best ever BBQ lunch we ever had

we came all the way from Wanaka to Queens town for the Walter Peak trip and we choose Real Journey because we had good experience with them at Te-Anau. We were right on time for the cruise and ofcourse for the BBQ lunch which was...More

Thank SojanIpe
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8 June 2018|
Response from Frank C | Reviewed this property |
Fery, you can take the TSS Earnslaw from downtown Queenstown for a 45 minute boat ride over to Walter Peak. You can choose to have an optional, extra cost BBQ lunch once you're on the island and after the sheep shearing... More
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