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TSS Earnslaw Lake Whakatipu Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Adventure
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TSS Earnslaw Lake Whakatipu Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Adventure

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This Walter Peak farm tour and vintage-ship cruise is ideal for travelers who would like to spend a few hours outside of Queenstown without traveling too far. Combine a variety of magical experiences in one trip: take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a classic steamer, stop for tea, and explore a working farmyard, where you can watch a sheep-shearing demonstration.
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Ages 0-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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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

  • Cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak
  • Farm tour at Walter Peak Homestead
  • Afternoon tea
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

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 at 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. Get back on the boat for the journey back to Queenstown, and get dropped off at the wharf.

Start:
  • 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 30 minutes before departure and queue directly outside the TSS Earnslaw, you will be checked in by name. (You are not required to check in at the office prior to this time)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2264RJ501

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
      Please arrive 30 minutes before departure and queue directly outside the TSS Earnslaw, you will be checked in by name. (You are not required to check in at the office prior to this time)
    • 1
      Travel across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return.
    About the operator
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    • RealNZ
      5,887
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2009
    • 815lee
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must Do
      Most Amazing experience .Fabulous Cruise on the SS Earnslaw .Incredible watching the working of the steamboat .Delicious Meal at the Beautiful Walter Peake .A must do when in Queenstiwn
      Written 27 May 2024
    • 814ivyf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very professional tour for amazing life experience
      The tour is very professional and the staff are friendly and helpful. The sights were amazing - you can't prepare for what you see. We had plenty of time on the tender boat exploring closer to land and learning more about the areas from one of the guides. The dinner was fabulous and there was plenty of choice for breakfast. We were seated with a lovely mix of travellers that we could share our experience with. We even enjoyed an aurora show in the early morning. Well worth the cost.
      Written 24 May 2024
    • 685davidf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      doubtful sound
      short bus ride from Te Anau, then got on the boat across lake manapouri, the bus ride over the pass was good although some clouds. we did stop at the overlook on the way back as the weather had cleared. excellent boat ride, waterfalls, saw some penguins swimming. wine, drinks and food on the ship although we brought our own. highlight of the trip
      Written 20 May 2024
    • Navigate35429920369
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A well run tour. Just sit back and enjoy
      From instructions on how to find the meeting spot to delivery back on time, everything went very smoothly. We enjoyed the trip on the TSS Earnslaw with efficient serving of snacks and coffee, and the commentary. Arriving at Walter Peak (the staff were outside waving) we were ushered inside to a seat and impeccable service. The buffet had everything you could want. Without being rushed, we were then ushered to an outdoor stadium to watch a sheepdog demonstration, very entertaining. Back on the Earnslaw after a wander in the shop and back to the wharf on time with an orderly disembarkation.
      Written 18 May 2024
    • JaneMLondon
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful views, very full day, well worth the money
      Absolutely beautiful. A very full day, even from Te Anau, involving 2 coaches and 2 boats but so worth it to experience the views and the tranquility. There was loads of room on the boat, a great commentator and you could buy food/drinks on board if you wanted or take your own. All staff super friendly and professional. Particularly special to go up the side channels and also out to the meeting point with the sea. We benefitted from good weather, but it would be a great trip anyway.
      Written 16 May 2024
    • Culture32262966834
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Problem with seating
      Dinner was wonderful and the sheep shearing was entertaining, but, the boat trip could have been better. I would give them 5 stars if they managed seating better. At the moment people take your seat when you get up to go to the bar or take a photo. This happened to us and we saw it happen to others as well as some people try and get people to move out of a seat so they can have the seat. One day this will end in a big argument. By simply putting a rule in place that people should choose a seat and return to that seat throughout the boat trip would stop potential aggravation and make the trip less stressful especially for families. The boat trip is a long trip and marketed as a trip that in which you can go see how the steam boat works, get a drink, go to the toilet, etc this requires you moving from your seat and when people see others losing their seat just by getting a drink or taking a photo out the window they sit, they don't move to enjoy what is on offer. The few interrupt the many enjoying their trip.
      Written 14 May 2024
    • Vince M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      1912 Steam ship cruise from Queenstown
      Very well organised, fast accommodating the ships passengers to a well presented buffet bbq lunch. We added the farm experience and that was a good display of a working sheep dog under commands. Totally worth doing.
      Written 12 May 2024
    • sydneysider2016
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Birthday and chilling with friends
      From the second you leave the plane on arrival to Queenstown the Remarkables tower over you. The air is so fresh and the snow capped mountains are fabulous.
      Written 11 May 2024
    • R6621DDpaulm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing!
      Excellent!! Great staff and what a place that the one boat had to itself!! It would have been amazing but with blue sky, a couple of Dolphin displays and out into the sea for a little seal watching, it really was spectacular!
      Written 9 May 2024
    • roycepuaylangt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nice ambiance
      The cruise experience was good. Though I am not really a meat eater, I find too much of a meat kind then seafood. But I enjoyed the food while looking at the sea.
      Written 5 May 2024
    • lachlantm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic evening
      Lovely sail from Queenstown aboard the TSS Earnslaw, delicious dinner at the farm (thank you Ruby for your amazing service), then insightful sheep shearing and dog show demonstration - fantastic evening!
      Written 1 May 2024
    • shirleyn78
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent all around!
      The TSS Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu was relaxing and beautiful. The boat itself was so pretty & historic (built in the same year as the Titanic), and it was neat to see how the boat is still being run using coals. The only disappointing thing was that the PA system was not working on the outside, so we were unable to hear the commentary from the captain as we cruised Lake Wakatipu. The lunch buffet at Walter Peak High Country Farm was spectacular and delicious! The lakefront view was amazing. Food was high quality and good, service was excellent. We also enjoyed the sheep shearing and sheep herding demonstration. So informative and enjoyable. A definite must-do if you're visiting Queenstown.
      Written 1 May 2024
    • Deborah W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally awesome experience, all of it!
      The cruise was lovely still in the light with nice info given also about the TSS Earnslaw, my husband went to have a look around and saw the engine room and downstairs. It is just amazing how this old boat from 1912 originally works so beautifully, hat off to the people working in the engine room and scooping coals into the fire. The info was a bit hard to hear with all the people talking though. The dinner was delicious and the staff wonderful. So much food, two sides of a bar lined with different kinds of BBQ meat and grilled Bluff’s fish of the day, a roast vegetable bar, a seafood bar, a salad bar and a dessert bar. The meat was constantly filled up and there was plenty for everyone. The farm show with a sheep being shorn and Miss the dog showing off her herding skills was very cool and brought humorously by Ashley. Back to the boat in the pouring rain so we all quickly went back on after the show. The pianist, who had played the way there, had now put booklets down for a sing-a-long which was enjoyed by everyone and big fun. Before we knew it we were back in Queenstown on the wharf. Definitely recommend doing this when in Queenstown, it is awesome and worth it’s money.
      Written 30 April 2024
    • JCT1972
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing location and food
      Excellent experience, great food, well organised and the location is breath taking. Service was amazing and the gardens beautiful.
      Written 28 April 2024
    • Suezzzzzzzzzz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous from start to finish
      We were very impressed by the whole experience. The steamship was in immaculate condition and we loved the history and photos on display. The Walter Peak High Country Farm exceeded our expectations. The buildings and gardens were amazing with the most picturesque rose garden. The bbq buffet lunch was absolutely delicious with a very high quality selection of food offered. The staff were also very welcoming and courteous. The farm show was also a hit. Kevin and his border collie Mia were a great team. I would highly recommend this tour
      Written 25 April 2024
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    Molly M
    Sacramento, CA7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Solo
    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 really fun and “teatime” was delicious. Gift shop is great, broad selection of sale items. Biggest thing was that there was no wool-spinning explanation or demonstration, as was promised in the description. Asked specifically about it in the gift shop and the salesperson basically shrugged. Waiting on a partial refund due to that.
    Written 24 January 2020
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    Kaz
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    This was a great experience! We booked the 11am boat ride and had lunch at about 12pm. The buffet is excellent quality everything was delicious and it is well organised with seating arrangements. The whole experience was lovely! I would recommend getting to the boat a little bit early as we couldn’t get a seat together inside but the boat but there was plenty of options on the bench seats on the outside of the boat which didn’t matter as it meant we got to enjoy the stunning views! My 6 year old loved exploring the engine room of the boat! Then on arrival at the Walter peak farm you go straight into the restaurant and are seated at your table with just your group members (we were a family of 6). There is a waiter to assist with drinks (extra cost) and let you know when the buffet is ready. So many delicious options! Then we went out to explore the beautiful property and watch the sheep shearing and dog rounding up the sheep we had a little bit of spare time left to look in the gift shop before the boat was ready to depart again. It was very enjoyable and fun for all ages!
    Written 10 April 2024
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    melanie s
    Nelson, New Zealand106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant trip, recommended by a family member and we booked the 2pm sailing from Queenstown. Oh my, what a total treat. Everything was perfect, from the Earnslaw itself (polished brass, very polite staff, the chance to watch the boiler being stoked plus good coffee and snacks) to the farm experience. The weather could have been better but we didn't care it was absolutely perfect for us all.
    The opportunity to meet and feed the farm animals, learn about their personalities, watch the dogs at work, chat with the guide then yummy high tea ! Sadly not enough time to browse in the shop there, full of tempting goodies... But maybe my husband thought that was a good thing!
    Do go.
    Written 18 September 2022
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    Kiwigal2015
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand141 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience overall. Great trip across the lake, interesting and informative visit to the animals, followed by a beautiful afternoon tea. This was followed by a demonstration on sheep dogs rounding up sheep. This excursion gets the thumbs up from us all!
    The only bad point was I walked into stinging nettle that was going across a designated walking path - it stung quite a bit and when I mentioned it I felt it was dismissed. Other than that small factor a great day out!
    Written 9 July 2021
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    Abby28
    Forresters Beach, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022
    Had the afternoon on the Earnslaw over to Walter Peak farm with the farm tour/afternoon tea. The experience on the Earnslaw is spectacular, from the piano player, to the viewing area of the workers fueling the ship, everything about this experience was so special and a must do! We jumped off at Walter Peak and had a tour of the farm with Tim who was incredibly informative about all of the animals and the workings of the farm. The animals were so cute!!! We had afternoon tea and were given a seperate plate as vegans (I can't remember the ladies name but she was so kind and considerate of us, making sure we were looked after and offered us plant based milk for coffee/tea. Thank you so much for caring for us!) Following this we watched the dogs round up some sheep while Tim commentated. The whole experience was so much fun. Thank you so much to all the staff who are a part in this trip for making it such a fun and memorable experience.
    Written 22 November 2022
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    Julie M
    Gold Coast, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Despite the rainy, cold weather, the afternoon trip on Lake Wakatipu was scenic & enjoyable. Snow fell on the mountains in the afternoon. Hot mulled wine was enjoyed on the boat ride (not included in ticket price). The tour of the farm was hampered a little by rain however Tim our guide at the farm was upbeat & welcoming. The afternoon tea served in the Homestead was delicious & plentiful. Mia the Collie put on a great show herding the sheep down the steep hill to the pen.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    TravelLoverNZx
    Auckland Central, New Zealand256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Earnslaw boat trip to Walter Peak Station was great with the amazing views and history. Able to see the engine room in action is an added bonus. The buffet lunch at the Honestead is delicious with a huge variety of food. The farm tour with show is interesting to watch even coming from a farming background!
    Written 9 July 2021
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    senorita08
    Perth, Australia184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There aren’t too many family friendly things to do in Queenstown, so we booked the cruise & farm tour to do as a family with a young child. And it was even better than expected, with beautiful scenery across Lake Wakitipu, a friendly and informative farm tour, including feeding the friendly animals. And a huge and delicious afternoon tea with cakes, scones, sandwiches and more!
    Written 3 September 2022
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    jade c
    Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    Probably great for people with children. Journey on the boat had someone playing piano and seemingly anyone in the crowd singing.. including children.. once on the "farm": difficult to determine how it's a "working farm", we did not see any sheep shearing or herding dogs in action or anything of interest whatsoever, if you've ever seen cows, goats and sheep and basic farm animals in your life, this probably isn't the experience for you. "Afternoon Tea" consisted of black tea, coffee, water, and some sweet scones. Really should be marketed as a petting zoo experience for kids. Nothing wrong with it, just ... take your kids.
    Written 17 October 2022
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    Jules
    Auckland, New Zealand249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love this trip! This was my third time and I would go again. The TSS Earnslaw is a beautiful vintage steamboat with an excellent cafe and bar. Visit the engine room and see them shoveling the coal. Walter Peak farm is in an idyllic situation, a magical place where time seems to stand still. The animal feeding is great fun (especially Dougal) and the sheepdog demonstration is very impressive. The dogs can be patted and stroked, and love the attention. The afternoon tea was very upmarket with beautiful little cakes, savoury and sweet scones and mini sandwiches. You can eat as much as you like! The staff at the farm are outstanding. Our guide Peter was so knowledgeable and interesting and clearly loves his job and his super intelligent dogs.
    Written 11 August 2022
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