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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch provided by Real Journeys

TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch
4.5
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from $129.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Aug 2020
A note from TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch
Government regulations strictly adhered to. Covid Tracing App QR Code displayed- for those not using the app there is a paper sign-in sheet.
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2264P22
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
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 - Queenstown
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown Bay
Inclusions
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 - Queenstown
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown Bay
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
106 reviews
Excellent
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Joy C
Dunedin, New Zealand16 contributions
Fantastic!
We loved our experience, a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The Earnslaw cruise was informative and it was fun being able to move around the boat. There were a lot of people on board, and as always some didn’t want to heed the H&S instructions but we thought it was great that anyone seen doing anything hazardous was pulled up on it immediately.
The BBQ lunch was sensational, we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to be able to go back for more - particularly the amazing tender meats. To be honest words don’t do the meal justice.
We had a little time to wander around the farm near the wharf after watching a presentation on sheep dogs. Great presenter (and dog), but it did go on a little long.
Loved seeing the Highland cattle up close - what a beautiful beast!
Only reason I marked it down is that I feel that at full price, it is overpriced. We managed to get a discount, and while I would have paid more than we did, I would be reluctant to pay full price.
Written 2 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wendy Allen
Rotorua, New Zealand43 contributions
Great day out on the Earnslaw with great BBQ lunch
Apr 2021
A lovely relaxing cruise across the Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Station for a scrumptious buffet lunch BBQ, the staff were so welcoming to all the guests, followed by a walk in the beautiful cottage gardens, filled with Roses, gerberas, peonies, and other colorful cottage garden plants- well worth a visit just for the garden and the scenery, a photographers delight
Written 16 April 2021
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Janine D
Tauranga, New Zealand3 contributions
Fantastic Bbq buffet lunch
Mar 2021
Beautiful old steam boat which my husband was fascinated with watching the workings of the engine through the open viewing area. The 45min trip to Walter farm was great and the scenery superb there is a bar and cafe on board which we didnt make use of as we were saving ourselves for the buffet lunch. We had heard from family members how great this buffet was and we certainly weren't disappointed, The meats were amazing so tender and tasty. All the side dishes were delicious and the deserts were yum. So glad we did this to celebrate my 50th birthday. Made it one to remember
Written 13 April 2021
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kerryw298
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions
A must do when in Queenstown
Feb 2021
My husband and I enjoyed the whole experience, great return trip on the Earnslaw on lake Whakatipu, with a beautiful buffet at Walter Peak High country farm followed by the farm visit. The weather was amazing and a glorious and most enjoyable day.
Written 8 March 2021
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clearyj2017
Tauranga, New Zealand11 contributions
Way above our expectations
Feb 2021
The trip on the beautiful TSS Earnslaw was great , topped off by an absolutely superb lunch. An incredible variety of top quality food and service together with a stunning vista. Couldn't have asked for anything more
Written 24 February 2021
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Alistair W
Invercargill, New Zealand52 contributions
Great 4 hour trip with a meal
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is a well run 4 hour trip out from Queenstown Bay on a historic steam ship, the Earnslaw. The ship layout provides views of the engines and stokers and there is access to the upper level of the engine room. Young and old find it fascinating. The bar service is good and the views during the lake voyage are spectacular. At walter peak you have a meal with a vast selection of beautiful food. You are weeknight to have 2nds. This is a working farm so after your meal they put on a demonstration with the farm dogs and the sheep. You can get up close and personal to the animals of you like. We've also done the evening dinner cruise which runs along the same lines. We will certainly go on these trips again.
Written 9 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MilamberNZ
Winchester, UK95 contributions
Great boat trip but disappointing lunch
We took the long weekend off and went down to Queenstown and was recommended the TSS Earnshaw and so booked. The boat ride was brilliant and the crew very friendly - especially as we had our son with us. The lunch however was a bit of a let down. Salads had no flavour, and meat was dry. I was told that seafood was meant to be available but it wasn’t at all (I later discovered that seafoods only for dinner). I didn’t try any dessert as I didn’t end up eating what I first put on my plate and just left. My son had very few options for him too - although he loves green beans, and at least we found that.

I wouldn’t personally go back here again, but I would do the boat ride again.
Written 7 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Luvinspoonful
Rotorua, New Zealand597 contributions
Old fashioned hospitality + gourmet bbq = a grand ole time!
Jan 2021
Grand experience for all ages and stages. Check out the engines, watch them in action, sip a wine on board! Walter Peak staff wave you in (and goodbye) from the verandah and I didn’t realise how much this small gesture meant!
Staff are fabulous, really look after you and the barbecue is extensive and generous.
Written 15 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jane
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Poor condition of donkeys at Walter Peak
Dec 2020 • Couples
Everything was wonderful, except the Donkeys... they needed some love and a brush (thick tufts of winter fur all over their bodies which came off in clumps when scratching their backs) and they needed their feet done which were well chipped and far too long.. so long in fact that they were starting to curl upwards and looked painful to walk on. Some attention for these poor animals is required asap.
Written 23 December 2020
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Lisa S
Auckland, New Zealand37 contributions
Great way to spend an afternoon.
Loved every bit of this. Boat ride fun, lunch sooooo good & show was brief but impressive. Would have loved just a little more time before having to head back to the boat.
Written 30 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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