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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

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Join a scenic cruise to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, departing from Queenstown. Upon arrival experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various animals. Watch sheep dogs in action and see a sheep shearing demonstration. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea then stroll through the lakeside gardens before boarding the TSS Earnslaw and returning back to Queenstown.
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88 Beach Street
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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    Lake Wakatipu
    Stop: 3 hours -
    Travel across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return.
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • A unique experience just outside of Queenstown
  • Maritime history buffs will love the lake cruise on a vintage steamer
  • Take a guided walking tour of the farmyard with our rural host, view a live demonstration of the farming lifestyle and enjoy a delicious morning or afternoon tea.
  • Spend a low-key morning or afternoon outdoors
What to Expect
Your scenic cruise by vintage ship begins at the steamer wharf in Queenstown, where you board the TSS Earnslaw—one of the only passenger-carrying steamships in the southern hemisphere—for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu. An onboard pianist plays old tunes during the journey. Check out the ship's original steam engines or the historical displays. Upon arrival to the Walter Peak High Country Farm, enjoy tea and homemade snacks or baked goods. Wander through the lakeside gardens and head to the farmyard for a tour. See resident sheep, cattle, deer, and goats, as well as a sheep-dog demonstration. After some expert demonstrations, try your hand at sheep-shearing and wool-spinning. Get back on the boat for the journey back to Queenstown, and get dropped off at the wharf.
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Departure Point
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak
  • Farm tour at Walter Peak Homestead
  • Afternoon tea
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • When the TSS Earnslaw is on her annual survey a smaller boat will substitute. The next survey will be during dates 02 June - 3 July 2020.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers 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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Everyone I know who as done this tour raves about it so of course we had to do it ourselves. We were not disappointed. Nice ride over and back in the historic steam boat. Food for the BBQ lunch was great, plenty for everyone and a good selection. My only slight criticism is
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Great ride on Lake Wakatipu on old steam ship to Walter Peak farm, and excellent buffet dinner. Fabulous gardens surround the house, and there's time to view the gardens before the sheep shearing demonstration. The demonstration is very educational and well done in a new
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
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Kia Ora. We are thrilled you were impressed with the location, farm show and gourmet BBQ dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Beautiful trip on the Earnslaw; lots of people but didn’t feel too crowded, easy to move around. Sheep-shearing and sheepdog demonstrations were excellent but should include an announcement for people to be quiet during, could barely hear the employee. Feeding the animals was
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We had a great time at Walter Peak high country farm. This is a 60000 acre farm with 20000 head of sheep (mostly Merino) and other several other animals. We did the journey via Real Journeys (highly recommend). Went there on the TSS Earnslaw - a historic 107 year old steamer -
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We had a very nice time riding the boat to the farm. The lake was a little rough due to high winds, but the ride was smooth. And it was interesting seeing the workings of the steam powered ship. The farm tour was very well put on. Loved watching the dogs bring in the sheep. We
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Katherine
60
Overloaded!
Would be a far more pleasurable experience if they didn't overload the boat, seems unfair to not get a seat there
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Stef B
London, United Kingdom
212
Great way to see Doubtful Sound
The overnight cruise was a lovely way to see Doubtful Sound. We were picked up from Queenstown and had a
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Jeff
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
8015
Pristine Beauty.
Amazing views of Glacial Fjords, Majestic mountains, opaline waters and swirling cloud formations. We normally
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William T
Sterling, Virginia
50
Te Anau cruise and Glow Worm Cave
Very nice experience. The boat ride to the caves was quite nice while the caves were fascinating. The tours worked
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Michael
Melbourne, Australia
166
Great day out
Everyone I know who as done this tour raves about it so of course we had to do it ourselves. We were not
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Michael T
Formby, United Kingdom
440175
Mist opportunity
10m of rain a year. That's over 1 inch of rain per day. Therefore expect it to be raining. Unfortunately the rain
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John M
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2611
Relaxing way to experience Milford Sound
We thoroughly enjoyed our overnight cruise on the Mariner! Unlike seeing the Sound on a cruise ship, the Mariner
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rbndate
Greater Melbourne, Australia
121
Wonderful , educational tour .
Glow Worm tour a must if you are in the area. A great tour by a very knowledgeable guide. The whole cave system
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Rachel Breen
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
70
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I was lucky enough to voyage out to Ulva island on this tour today and what a blast it was! Our guide, Erin, was
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AmsterdamLippy
Crete, Greece
183
Wilderness Tour
Great time, well organised although busy would highly recommend. Weather was really wonderful which was an added
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