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TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruises & Walter Peak Farm Tour
Queenstown New Zealand
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Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise from Queenstown aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere

Affectionately known as the “Lady of the Lake”, the TSS Earnslaw has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912. What better way to view the magnificent scenery than by taking a cruise a board the TSS Earnslaw.

Walter Peak High Country Farm, on the western shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, provides visitors with the opportunity to relax and experience New Zealand high country life. Upon arrival at Walter Peak join a farm or heritage excursion. Alternatively, saddle up for a horse trek across the stunning countryside, take a back country bike ride or enjoy a delectable barbecue lunch or evening dining in the Colonel’s Homestead. All Walter Peak excursions include a cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

During the annual survey period - approximately 6 weeks during winter - the TSS Earnslaw is out of service. During these periods only the 12.00noon and 2.00pm Walter Peak Farm Excursions are available and travel to and from Walter Peak is by launch.

Options Walter Peak Farm Tour
Disembark from your TSS Earnslaw cruise to a warm kiwi welcome! Experience rural New Zealand as we take you on a walking tour of the farmyard. You can help feed the sheep and get close to the red deer and Scottish Highland cattle.

Watch the sheep dogs in action rounding up a mob of ewes, watch a sheep being shorn and maybe try your hand at spinning wool.

Then stroll through the lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel’s Homestead for a traditional high country morning or afternoon tea.

Scrumptious morning or afternoon tea provided (scones, pikelets, tea/coffee/fruit juice)

Barbecue lunch option (at extra cost)
Duration 3hrs 30mins Suitable for all ages

Walter Peak Evening Dining
An evening cruise on the TSS Earnslaw followed by dining at the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak is the perfect way to end an action packed day in and around Queenstown.

Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style buffet, featuring the best of local and New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads. You wll find the desserts hard to resist, especially the creamy pavlova!

An entertaining after dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life.

Then on your return cruise to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship's pianist.

Duration 4 hours Suitable for all ages

Heritage tour (seasonal)
Gain an insight into Queenstown’s unique heritage with this fascinating excursion. Highlights include a guided tour of the TSS Earnslaw with our on board historian and a visit to the Colonel’s Homestead and gardens at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Learn about pioneering life as you view the photographs of early farming families and memorabilia from the steamship’s early cargo carrying days.

Indulge in a central Otago wine and cheese tasting, plus an antipasto platter on the lakeside terrace.

Then stroll around the farmyard or simply relax in the gorgeous surrounds over a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or rich Pinot Noir before cruising back across beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Duration 3hrs 30mins Suitable for all ages

Horse Trek (seasonal)
At Walter Peak High Country Farm disembark from the steamship TSS Earnslaw and join a guided horse trek.

Following your TSS Earnslaw cruise, join a guided horse trek with a local horseman at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Your experienced guide will take you across rolling farm terraces to an outlook with spectacular views of the Wakatipu scenery. Your horse trek takes around 40 minutes and is followed by morning or afternoon tea.

Safety helmets and wet weather clothing are provided
Suitable for inexperienced riders (40 mins trek)
Suitable for children 8 years and over (40 mins trek)
Duration 3 hours 30 mins

Walter Peak Guided Cycling (seasonal)
Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship to Walter Peak and then join our small group guided cycling tour. On arrival you will be met by an experienced guide and then driven by van to Mavora Lakes where your cycling adventure begins.

Cycle along a quiet country road through beautiful tussock high country and enjoy stunning views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Cyclists are accompanied by a van with cycle trailer enabling them to cycle as little or as much as they choose.

Along the way visit Pretty Hut and Old Nic (traditional musterers’ huts) and learn about the neighbouring high country sheep and cattle stations. On arrival back at Walter Peak visit the Colonel’s Homestead before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise back to Queenstown.

Group size limited to 9 per guide
Picnic lunch, hot drinks and afternoon tea included
3 - 4 hours leisurely cycling (15-35 kms depending on fitness)
Quiet back country road through mostly gently rolling terrain
Moderate fitness required
Suitable for children 10 years and over

We supply:
- Good quality mountain bikes and safety helmets
- Picnic lunch, afternoon tea and hot drinks

What to bring:
Day pack, drink/snacks, walking shoes, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sun cream/sunglasses/sunhat, insect repellent and camera

Please click here for a location map or for a full screen map click here

GPS: -45.111785,168.543556

This activity is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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