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Cruise on Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw. Relax on board and admire the stunning alpine scenery whilst you cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Explore the decks, view the engine room, watch the stokers in action or purchase delicious snacks/ drinks from the Promenade Cafe. Operates daily, all year (except during annual maintenance).
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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

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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3 hours 30 minutes
from US$88.66

Dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

Travelers wanting a magical experience in Queenstown need look no further than this comprehensive tour. Relive the elegance of a different era by cruising Lake Wakatipu on the TSS "Earnslaw"—one of the only remaining commercial coal-fired steamers operating in the southern hemisphere—and follow it by feasting on a lakeside BBQ banquet. The memorable evening concludes with a farm tour and sheepshearing demonstration.
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4 hours
from US$102.41

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

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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3 hours 30 minutes
from US$65.29
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Meghan wrote a review 7 Jan
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Back for the fourth time in 18 months. This is an experience you cannot miss when going to Queenstown and there is something there for everyone - the historic steam ship and the ability to watch that engine at work, the absolutely delicious buffet (best buffet in my life) to the sheep dog show, picture perfect gardens and farm animals.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ
Responded 2 weeks ago
Wow, four times! You are an absolute star. Thank you so much for supporting us over the last couple of years by joining our Walter Peak BBQ Dining experience on so many occasions. It's great to hear such positive feedback about this tour and all it's components. If you're ever in Queenstown again feel free to come and visit us for a fifth time. We would LOVE to see you. Thank you again, The RealNZ team.
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cocopops1971 wrote a review Dec 2021
Auckland, New Zealand90 contributions48 helpful votes
From the exceptional Mickey at the ticket office who worked some magic for us to the delicious food and friendly service, this experience was delightful. The Earnslaw is gorgeous and it’s fascinating to see the workings in the engine room as you glide across the lake. An absolute must do and real value for money.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from RealNZ_Aotearoa, Sales Consultant at RealNZ
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hey Lisa, thank you so much for coming! We will be sure to give Miki a pat on the back for being so helpful and working her usual magic. We are so glad you had an amazing time on the Earnslaw and over at Walter Peak. Miki and the RealNZ team would absolutely love to see you again in the future. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :)
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Kayleigh wrote a review Nov 2021
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We are locals and hosted a whole bunch of friends for a wedding anniversary celebration. The experience was great from the first email contact. The team couldn't have been more easy to work with, and the experience on the day was fantastic. All of our out of town guests were looked after and even though they were having to do everything in level-2, it was a seamless event. Awesome team, awesome evening!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ
Responded 28 Nov 2021
Thank you for choosing RealNZ to host your wedding anniversary! These celebrations are so special and it's lovely to hear that the events and Walter Peak team made the experience seamless and enjoyable for the entire group. You are absolutely all VIP's in our eyes and we would love nothing more than to have you back again in the future.
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silverthreads101 wrote a review Nov 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand406 contributions172 helpful votes
Ended up on the 2pm cruise which actually includes some time at Walter Peak so it became a 2 hour trip rather than the midday one which is only 1.5 hours for same price. Didn’t seem to be many on the trip over but the ship was packed on return journey from those who had done other activities from the midday cruise. Staff provided excellent service. Piano player still on board but not singing...I guess due to .Covid. It is an iconic thing to doin ?Queenstown especially on a beautiful spring day. They do offer a discount if you show your Gold card!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from RealNZ_Aotearoa, Sales Consultant at RealNZ
Responded 28 Nov 2021
Thank you for joining us on the TSS Earnslaw this month. We are trying to put on a range of different experiences for our guests and it's great to hear that you enjoyed the 30 minute stop over at Walter Peak. Hopefully one day we will continue the piano sing-along tradition as it was always crowd favourite. If you are ever on the Earnslaw again, feel free to put in a song request and start the singalong yourself! I'm sure the staff and other guests would love to participate.
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mfiddynz wrote a review Oct 2021
Little River, New Zealand72 contributions20 helpful votes
The food was amazing, better than any wedding we have ever been at! The selection was incredible and tasted so good. 5 different meats as well as vegetables and salads. Definitely fit for a King. Overall an 11 out of 10.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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