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TSS Earnslaw and BBQ Buffet Lunch in Queenstown
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TSS Earnslaw and BBQ Buffet Lunch in Queenstown

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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.
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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
  • 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

  • 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
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

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.

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
    • Service animals allowed
    • 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: 2264P22

    • Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
    • 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.

    How much is TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch in Queenstown?
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    • RealNZ
      5,884
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2009
    • 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
    • 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
    • Passenger25585360101
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cruise and farm tour
      A great experience, nice cruise on the lake, followed with the farm tour. Saw several animals, was able to feed them and take pictures.
      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
    • 838raewyns
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great value for money!
      The whole experience was amazing and such great value for money. The farm tour guide shared so much knowledge and made it interesting. The food was next level and certainly don't need to eat before you go even if it's just the afternoon tea trip. Very well presented and smoothly run. Would certainly recommend.
      Written 27 April 2024
    • S6082XNdavidf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Doubtful Sound
      A superb trip that I cannot praise too highly. The journey to Doubtful is amazing, the scenery is awesome and the staff extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
      Written 25 April 2024
    • nicr0se13
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ferry Trip
      Fantastic service. Crew were friendly and helpful. Information about parking was spot on and very reasonable to park car at Bluff terminal for a few days.
      Written 23 April 2024
    • slp32
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Epic Earnslaw
      The views are unforgettable. The experience is a must while in Queenstown. I’ve been going on the Earnslaw since I was little and every single time I have loved every second. Nothing compares. The most beautiful steamship and Walter Peak Station is iconic.
      Written 22 April 2024
    • susang3665
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Where was Pop the Dragon?
      We were looking for Pop the Dragon, but we couldn't find him. My grandson Deejay aged 6 wrote a letter and gave it to the captain. He loved the ship trip anyway and looking at the engines
      Written 20 April 2024
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    Longtimetraveller
    16 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    TSS Earnslaw was a treat for a lovely ride on the lake. The boat holds a lot of people who are doing various tours. Piano player was a nice touch. Once at the resort, the patio was a bit warm in the sun but too beautiful to sit inside! They have tables of various sizes and you aren’t stuck at a long table with strangers. The manager comes around and invites tables up to the buffet, which we thought was a great idea until we were invited at almost the very end. The line was very long inside and we watched numerous people coming in for seconds and dessert before we even reached the first section. There was NOTHING left at the appetizer/salad station and it was never replenished. They did replenish the hot station and meat stations and what we ate was tasty. The dessert was delicious as well but only halfway thru they were ushering us to go to the show. No waitress in site and no way to pay the bill, we had to leave our half eaten desserts to head across the property to the sheep shearing show. We figured we must have time to come back and settle our tab and visit the gift shop after the show. WRONG…. Our waitress did arrive to the amphitheater and we were able to settle our tab. The sheep shearing show started great and was informative, until the man who was shearing the sheep cut the sheep and suddenly there was a large amount of blood all over the sheep and the man’s hands. He assured us it looked much worse than it was and he kept going. This was horrifying and several people abruptly left. When he was done, he rendered no aid to the sheep and put him back in the enclosed pen. He then demonstrated the dog herding portion of the show. We were told to head back to the boat as it was ready to leave. I thought, finally, he’ll care for the hurt sheep. But instead we saw him coming to the dock and working on the loading bridge of the boat. I’m truly saddened thinking about the injured sheep and between that and the disorganization of the buffet, I simply can’t recommend this activity.
    Written 2 March 2023
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    Amelia
    Perth, Australia68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022 • Couples
    Not sure why we never did this when we were last here but we are glad we did this time around. For nzd 129 pp, it was a good three plus hour activity which was well run from the smooth boarding just before 12 pm and the service at the restaurant . Food was good and plentiful and the kids were catered for with lollies as well . Views stunning and sheep dog demo a lovely end to the activity before boarding at 3 pm for trip back . Would have probably liked another hour to wonder around and see the animals though . Great activity for all ages
    Written 29 July 2022
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    Cuppabythefire
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I didn’t really want to go to a ‘farm’ and I didn’t really know what to expect so was a bit a bit grumbly prior to the experience however I changed my tune quickly. The trip on the Earnslaw was fun with stunning views and the homestead, grounds and location was a sight to arrive to. The buffet was so delicious and it was so well managed for the volume of people there eating all at once, the food was very enjoyable and plentiful. We had SOPHIA tending to our table and she was an outstanding host, really responsive, fun and personable, she was very in tune with our table and what I could see the other tables she was tending. She made our experience even more enjoyable.
    Written 8 November 2020
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    Joy C
    Dunedin, New Zealand16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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    mccdzyne
    Papamoa, New Zealand605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was definitely a tick off on the Queenstiwn bucket list. Glad we did it.Had a reasonable fine day on the Lake and the gentle steam out to Walter Peak farm for lunch. Excellent BBq lunch it was, great buffet selection and all very tasty. Even had a shelf full of jars of classic kiwi lollies. Great setting with wonderful views over Lake Wakitipu whilst feasting on their own bred lamb , yum and all in peace and quiet. Enjoyed the dog mustering show as well after lunch. We both enjoyed the trip, and would definitely recommend , even the boat trip on the grand old steamship TSS Earnslw was worth it. Recommend
    Written 30 July 2021
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    ngaire b
    Arrowtown, New Zealand221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    As a group we did this lovely day out last year and again this year.
    12 of us sailed up the lake, sat on the terrace in beautiful weather and had a delicious lunch. The service was good, the food great and the scenery superb.

    We are so lucky to live in this beautiful area.

    Thank you Real Journeys for giving locals a discount, its really appreciated.
    Look forward to doing this again next year.
    Written 14 November 2020
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    howluckyrwe
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 too...next time.
    Written 21 January 2020
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    brettnjess
    Melbourne, Australia1,453 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful tour for all ages, best to be done on a lovely day. We have been lucky most of the times we have been on the tour.
    Always lovely to go on the old lady Earnslaw. She keeps everyone entertained, beautiful views along the way, a lady playing in the piano, food and drink served on board.
    About 45 mins before you disembark at Walter Peak. Lunch there is well run, delicious perfectly cooked bbq beef, roast pork, free range chicken and bbq homemade sausage, lots of roasted vegetables and salads to choose from, also a selection of dessert followed by tea and coffee. Wines and beers are also available on request.
    After lunch, go for a walk around the Walter Peak grounds, the hobby farmland is a short walking distance away. We saw donkeys, two little piglets, alpacas, Scottish highland cattles, working dogs, sheeps, goats, deer. Then it was time to board the Earnslaw back to Queenstown. What a wonderful relaxing afternoon. It was about a four hour tour.
    Written 25 July 2022
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    julieheron
    Maidenhead, UK204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well organised and high quality trip.
    The boat is cute and iconic as born in 1906. Piano played all the way … bar open and drinks a little pricey but you only need one for the journey… about 40 mins to the Homestead …beautiful views all the way especially if it’s sunny!
    On arrival the team on shore welcome you with a wave. On arrival slick check in to your appointed table. Drinks then ordered by iPad and come quickly. All inside and you can see the open kitchen and bbq. Plates of fabulous meats layed out on stone boards.
    You are told when to go and eat . There is plenty so no need to rush. Worth going to the starter island for fresh salmon prawns mussels etc .
    Then go round the meats and beautiful veg or salads. You can go up again if you have room. Then there is a cheese island and to die for dessert island … absolutely stunning ! All food absolutely beautifully cooked and presented. We were stuffed !
    Next a wander in the pretty gardens right by the lake .. you can take your drinks and then onto the farm show in a fabulous amphitheater. Host brilliant and you see a lamb sheared and then gorgeous sheep dog guides sheep from the hills down. Lovely gift shop and then back on boat and back at 9pm - great value quality and service. Worth every dollar.
    Written 24 February 2023
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    Janine D
    Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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