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Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown provided by Real Journeys

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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Wifey Feeds Me Fat wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane, Australia37 contributions
Our session was not overly crowded. Plenty of space and seats on the boat. There were clean toilet facilities on the boat as well. Once arrived, we headed to the sheering show before we were directed to our buffet BBQ. You get roughly 1.5h for the buffet BBQ / explore souvenir
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Date of experience: March 2020
Lucy7709 wrote a review Mar 2020
Gold Coast, Australia15 contributions15 helpful votes
This tour would have to be my highlight of our one week holiday to Queenstown - even more so than our day trip to Milford sound. The farm, gardens and overall ambience is breath taking. It is such a special place! The buffet was to die for and rivalled any 5 star resort buffet
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora Lucy. We are honoured that your visit to Walter Peak was the highlight of your week long stay in Queenstown. It certainly is a special place and it's great to hear your positive thoughts about the gardens, buffet and farm tour. We hope you have the opportunity for a return visit one day. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Yorkales wrote a review Mar 2020
Huddersfield6 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a great afternoon out. Incredibly well organised. Lunch was generous and delicious. Excellent value all round.
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Date of experience: March 2020
acstevo wrote a review Mar 2020
Yarrawonga, Australia3 contributions
WOW! This is a must do, the magnificent TSS Earnslaw was the perfect transportation to the sheep farming demo and the best high end BBQ lunch which was nothing short of mouth watering! Well done to all at Walter Peak Farm.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora Andrew. It's great to hear you were impressed with the cruise, farm show and gourmet BBQ lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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howluckyrwe wrote a review Jan 2020
8 contributions
Devine lunch the meat so tender it melted in your mouth. The setting was picture book and the shearing and dog sheep rounding nothing less than truly admirable. Would certainly recommend....would love to have also done the farm tour time.
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Great cruise, brilliant dinner and sheep shearing / sheep dog demo great fun
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A excellent Cruise and Dinner
Was good fun cruising on the old Steamer! The Walter Peak Farm was absolutely lovely. The location was stunning a
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Superb experience...
Amazing food meat lovers dream although my veg partner found plenty of yummy food to eat, and the scenery is second
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Great views, good meal
16:00 start. Fabulous old steam ship, fascinating watching the guys in the engine room, I wouldn’t like to be the s
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Absolutely Amazing!!
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Not doubtful but positive !
We are so grateful that there is mobility parking right next to the terminal - something lacking in much of New Zea
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Cheryl P
Travel back in time!
We boarded the TSS Earnslaw for a trip to Walter Peak Station. This 1912 steamship was remarkable. Spend time wat
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Cheryl P
Tummy busting BBQ
We enjoyed a terrific BBQ at Walter Peak Station. The food was abundant, delicious and plentiful so you could go b
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Key Details
  • Lake Wakatipu, Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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