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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea
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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

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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
    • Stroller 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

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    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

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    • You'll start at
      88 Beach Street
      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)
      See address & details
    • 1
      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
    About the operator
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    • RealNZ
      5,882
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2009
    • hughc877
      0 contributions
      Not to be missed
      I had been told that a trip on the TSS Earnslaw was something one must do in Queenstown and they were right. The boat itself is fascinating - one of the few coal powered steamers still operating in the world. We did the farm tour. Congratulations to Phil and Kim (Border Collie sheepdog) for an instructive and entertaining tour including shearing and demonstrating the fantastic prowess of sheepdogs
      Written 20 February 2024
    • JanetCfromSydney
      0 contributions
      Fantastic day out!
      Fantastic experience with trip across the lake, the farm and afternoon tea. Lovely old steam ship and the mountains around are stunning.
      Written 20 February 2024
    • stella317
      0 contributions
      Short of our expectations.
      We returned to Doubtful Sound many years after a day cruise in sunny weather, to discover how lucky we had been. This time for the overnight cruise we had the typical wet weather, with poor visibility on the opening afternoon. Fortunately it was clearer in the morning, for a short experience of this stunning place with waterfalls gushing. Perhaps the standard of the vessel is getting a bit dated, and the food rated as good rather than excellent, and wines weren’t included, so it seemed a bit on the expensive side.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • godees2015
      0 contributions
      Two hour cruise at Queenstown.
      A good half day trip although we were unaware of the lunch and dinner option ashore. The scenery is stunning of course and the cruise is very popular so pre book!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • skynardy
      0 contributions
      Great review to the ship cruise
      Great experience! Except the strong winds that could almost blow my face off… And there was a bit crowded when turning back from the farm, I have to share tables with others.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Patilutravel
      0 contributions
      A highlight not to miss!
      This was a highlight in our visit to Queenstown. excellent food quality and choice. Professionally organised. Well worth it the cost. Peak farm tour / show was also fun all in all a picturesque pleasant and top quality.
      Written 13 February 2024
    • jonswaino
      0 contributions
      Don’t doubt Doubtful Sound; the experience of a lifetime!
      A wonderful experience immersed in a time capsule. Anyone who laments the loss of natural habitat around the world will find solace in the calm majesty of Doubtful Sound. This is good for the soul, and the crew of The Wanderer, capacity 36 passengers, enhance the experience with their quiet enthusiasm for their workplace. And what a workplace! No helicopters, paragliders or jet skis. Just the magnificent scenery, with expert guidance and superb food to accompany it all. The boat is very comfortable, and safety always paramount. The access is an adventure in its own right; a cruise over Lake Manapouri, followed by a 45 minute coach ride with expert commentary about the temperate rainforest you traverse over Wilmer Pass. Centuries-old trees festooned with outlandish mosses, lichen and algae clinging to precipitous slopes that soar above the pass. At Deep Cove you embark on the boat, and your cruise begins. Jaw-dropping images as steep slopes plunge into calm dark waters. There are playful dolphins and whales visit to rid themselves of unwanted passengers that are unable to tolerate the freshwater that sits in a layer above the saltwater below. Kayaking, guided tours in the boat’ tender and swimming are all available. Early morning is magical as the light changes. In all seasons and weather this is unmissable.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Pandysmith
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      A day out on doubtful sound.
      A big long day out but very enjoyable . It was a perfect sunny day . Great commentary all the way . Very comfortable on the boat, good snacks available .
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Q5531QVlaraa
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      An insightful tour of the stunning Doubtful Sounds
      The Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise experience is so worth it. We’d recommend getting the 07:30 booking as it’s much quieter so it is worth getting up early for it! All three parts of the trip; the boat on the lake, the drive and then the 3hr cruise, were all lead by expert guides who told us information on the area. During the cruise our guide was absolutely fantastic, we didn’t quite catch his name but he was so knowledgeable and friendly and had only been there for a few months . The doubtful sounds is the most spectacular sight and in our opinion is a must do if down in South Island, the whole experience was truly unforgettable. You’ll see the most breath taking views, and we were lucky enough to have a pod of dolphins swim alongside us on the way back! A truly magical experience that’s definitely worth spending your money on. If I was to go again would love to try out the overnight cruise.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • susancX8009ZU
      0 contributions
      Meh. Not worth it.
      The boat trip was pleasant but busy. The meal was a massive disappointment. It was incredibly busy, dominated by some large groups, and we were stranded at the tail end. We ended up struggling to get a first serving while the big groups were on seconds. All the 'hot' food was lukewarm. When we went for desert, they were closing the doors. We booked this based on good reviews, and it barely managed mediocre. Huge waste of money, better to book a nice restaurant.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • P2863YKcatherines
      0 contributions
      Beautiful Doubtful but be aware of booking scams with non-existent small boats!
      Doubtful sound is definitely nicer than Milford even if it is more complicated to get there (boat, bus, boat). I recommend. The negative is with booking as I booked via TripAdvisor for a boat of max. 45 people but ended it with almost 150. The local operator told me that there is no 45 people boat. I paid more because I wanted a smaller crowd!
      Written 10 February 2024
    • mjc404
      0 contributions
      A wonderful peaceful experience
      This was an unbelievable trip. The ferry across Lake Manapouri, thr coach ride over the Wilmot Pass and then a voyage on the Fiordland Navigator; everything was just so exciting. On the first day it was raining and misty, but on the second day we woke to glorious sunshine which gave us some fantastic views of the mountains surrounding the the Sound. The skipper, and all his crew, were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The food on board was basic but good, and the accommodation was a little cramped but perfectly adequate for one night. What was the best part of the whole trip? No Wifi, no mobile coverage, absolute peace. If you are one of those feeble-minded people who cannot exist for five minutes without your mobile phone then this trip is definitely not for you.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • SweetsSmith
      0 contributions
      Great food, boat ride and Sheep and Dog Show
      Excellent boat ride, food was superb and very pleasantly surprised to see the sheep shearing and dog herding show that was given
      Written 10 February 2024
    • X1025HOjoanneb
      0 contributions
      Good mix of attractions
      We are generally independent travelers, but thought this 7 pm tour would be worth it as we had not experienced NZ sheep beyond driving past them or, occasionally, eating them! The sheep shearing and the dog demonstration were both impressive and satisfied our needs. The steamship ride and the BBQ buffet dinner, to us, were enjoyable bonuses. It was cool to see the inner workings of the ship, and on the way back from the farm we were treated to a beautiful night sky which we’d managed to miss during the rest of our trip due to cloudy skies. The dinner was delicious with more than enough choices for everyone. If you eat pork, the pork belly was wonderful. Also the sticky toffee pudding and the little tarts. Yum. (I think that you get to meet and pet the animals during the day trips. We would have liked that, but it was not possible for the 7 pm event.)
      Written 10 February 2024
    • Venture31792850209
      0 contributions
      Even better than expected! 10/10
      So much better than we expected! We honesty thought this would be very touristy & a bit tacky but still a good way to see more of the lake & area around Queenstown. Oh my goodness it was absolutely wonderful! Such a surprise! The cafe onboard is excellent with some of the best coffee in Queenstown! So unexpected! And the views on board as we travelled across the lake to the farm were breathtaking. We arrived to the most beautiful property with gorgeous flowering & green gardens. The BBQ lunch was outstanding and not the basic outdoor spit/bbq buffet we were expecting. It was reserved tables at the restaurant managed seamlessly and was the most stunning lunch. It was a buffet but on another level! High quality food choices and presentation & the staff were fabulous and most were bilingual to accommodate the majority of guests. We were lucky to have a table outside under an umbrella to enjoy the views and the wine/drinks selection was wonderful & quick too. The farm show was excellent & gave some great info about the property and surrounding area. Then the boat ride back to Queenstown was just as good as the ride over with more info over the PA about the area. We can’t recommend this tour more highly. All staff from the dock to onboard & at the restaurant and farm were brilliant & friendly: 10/10!
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    Molly M
    Sacramento, CA3 contributions
    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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    melanie s
    Nelson, New Zealand108 contributions
    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 Zealand106 contributions
    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
    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, Australia7 contributions
    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 Zealand263 contributions
    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, Australia166 contributions
    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
    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 Zealand232 contributions
    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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    anonym
    5 contributions
    Dec 2022
    Very wholesome experience that I'd highly recommend to anyone. You can get insights into how the steamship ship works while it is heading to the farm, enjoy the fantastic view or listen to Bob's beautiful piano play (his appreciation after I told him that it was really nice made my day). Tim gave as a tour of the farm and we could meet + feed all the animals. If you're not as quick on your feet, make sure to tell Tim in advance. The afternoon tea was absolutely lovely with a buffet of cupcakes, cake, tartes and scones alongside cream, jam, coffee, tea, sweat tea etc. There was even a gluten free cake option! Everything was delicious and we enjoyed a little demonstration by Tim before we had some extra time to pet the animals and were headed back to Queenstown.
    Written 28 December 2022
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