A 45-minute sail over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu on the vintage TSS Earnslaw kicks off and caps out this half-day excursion. You are welcome to explore the ship at your leisure; the great steamship is essentially a floating museum dedicated to its history.
The engine room of the TSS. Earnslaw is a fascinating place to see how our hardworking coal-stokers keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Wakatipu.
The farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Station is interesting for the whole family, and you can spend a few hours there sampling their delicious cuisine. Various salads, veggies, and exquisite locally sourced meats cooked on the outside rotisserie or barbeque make up the BBQ buffet. A variety of desserts, including fresh bread and cheese, are available.
The Colonel’s Homestead atop Walter Peak in Queenstown is a beautiful site to spend a sunny day as it looks out over Lake Wakatipu and the breathtaking alpine beauty of Queenstown. The colonial-style building and expansive gardens are reminiscent of a more refined time. Wander the beautiful gardens that have won awards and meet the creatures who make the station home.
Cruises on the TSS Earnslaw leave on a daily basis. You may select between a cruise and a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek excursion, guided cycling ride, BBQ lunch, or evening dinner.
Price: Adults: $99 pp – Children $49
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Departs: 12:oo pm – 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Take in the breathtaking scenery of Queenstown on a voyage across Lake Wakatipu aboard a historic steamer launched in 1912.
The leisurely 90-minute voyage around the lake takes in some of Queenstown’s most beautiful alpine scenery while providing ample opportunity to discover a bit of Queenstown’s living history.
You may tour the engine room and observe the massive steam engines in action, peruse our mini-collection museum’s of historical photographs, inspect the bridge, or even join in on a sing-along with the pianist.
Alternatively, you may relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer, as well as café-style fare, at our on-board Promenade Café and Bar.
At Queenstown’s Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western banks of Lake Wakatipu, visitors may experience New Zealand’s farming lifestyle.
The farm is an ideal location to spend a few relaxed hours and get a taste of High Country farming life.
The first visit is to observe farm dogs gathering up sheep in hill paddocks and to witness a farmer shear a sheep. Our rural demonstration will next lead you on a walking tour of the farmyard, where you can assist in feeding the alpaca, sheep, and deer, as well as get up up and personal with the Scottish Highland Cattle.
Enjoy a freshly baked afternoon tea following a stroll through the lakefront gardens. After that, you’ll board the TSS Earnslaw for the return trip to Queenstown.
Enjoy a classic steamer lake trip, a delicious BBQ lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, plus a farm demonstration following the meal.
Lunch begins with a journey across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Once there, you may relax on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and inhale the delectable scents emanating from our chef’s grilling of the freshest local ingredients.
Supper with a twist — a classic steamship lake cruise followed by a delicious BBQ dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, followed by a farm demonstration and opportunity to browse the gift store.
Relax in the unique atmosphere of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, located in the heart of Walter Peak’s majestic homestead.
Here, you’ll experience a Gourmet BBQ supper including an abundance of New Zealand and local cuisine, from exquisite grilled meats to a variety of delectable veggies and salads. Then indulge in our delectable desserts, New Zealand cheeses, and freshly made tea and coffee to round out your meal.
On your return night voyage, you may enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-along with the ship’s pianist or take in the fresh night air on the moonlight decks as the lights of Queenstown approach.
Enjoy Queenstown’s stunning scenery on a lake cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw, then a relaxing horse trek at Walter Peak and return to the farm for morning/afternoon tea.
This 40 minute trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders.
There’s time to explore the glorious gardens and farmyard before heading back to Queenstown.
Real Journeys also provide a coach and cruise tours to Milford Sound, Combine a cruise (day or overnight) on Milford Sound with a drive through spectacular alpine roads in our luxury coaches.