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TSS Earnslaw and BBQ Buffet Lunch in Queenstown
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Reviewed 24 August 2022

We did the two night cruise which was fantastic. Two nights gives you a bit of time to explore different parts of the fiord and see more wildlife. The cruise was very well organised by RealNZ. All the staff were excellent and we got very interested commentary from Divesh. He also gave us an interesting evening talk both evenings, with his personal experiences adding interest. My granddaughter said we should only give the cruise 4 stars. Why? Because there was too much food! It was certainly a bit overwhelming to have so many excellent choices in the buffet! I asked about vegetarians for my daughter's family when I booked, but should have asked for vegan. But I didn't need to worry - they had vegan options. Of course you should specify what you need to be sure to get what you want. The scenery is spectacular. Breathtaking. An experience of a lifetime. RealNZ have done a great job of making it possible for us to experience this place.

Date of experience: August 2022
Thank Heather M
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RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

There's no such thing as too much food! 😉
Thank you for this detailed review of your Doubtful Sound 2-Night experience. It means a lot to us to hear your thoughts and feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

This buffet lunch and experience was like no other! Having travelled many times to Queenstown and Walter Peak, we were gently talked into by the booking agent in attending the buffet lunch….thank goodness she did, as make no mistake, every element was perfect. We were so impressed with the organisation, friendly staff and the food was definitely NOT the usual buffet food….it was more fine dining with designer salads, hot food and an assortment of protein that was presented beautifully.
Now to the deserts, which need a further 5 star review….
Not being much a desert person normally, I was then blown away by the well presented individually crafted deserts that suited everyone’s palette.
Well done to the team who executed this experience perfectly, I would HIGHLY recommend this experience to anyone travelling to Queenstown!!

Date of experience: July 2022
Thank Haley0372
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RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2022

Oh wow, this review makes us SO happy! We better go and thank that retail agent for convincing you to visit us haha. If you're ever back in Queenstown we would absolutely love to see you again.

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Reviewed 22 April 2022

Absolutely loved the TSS Earnslaw lunch trip to Walter Peak. I have been to many beautiful places around the world and neglected what was in my own backyard. The TSS Earnslaw lunch trip was a wonderful way to see the beauty and experience Lake Wakatipu on a steam powered ship. The BBQ lunch is one of the best meals I have had. Considering how many people, the logistics worked like clockwork. Tip get to boat early if you want a guaranteed seat. Although recommend walking around to see the different views.

Date of experience: April 2022
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RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2022

Our backyard is pretty spectacular isn't it? Thank you for exploring Lake Whakatipu and Walter peak station with us.

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Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2022
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RealNZ_Aotearoa, Guest Relations Manager at RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2022

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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Reviewed 28 December 2021 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2021
1  Thank Lisa N
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RealNZ_Aotearoa, Sales Consultant at RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2021

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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