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TSS Earnslaw Lake Cruises
Walter Peak Farm Tour

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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.

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)

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

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

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 Independent Cycling (seasonal)

Take your own bike (or hire Queenstown) across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak before exploring at your own leisure.

With this non-guided cycling option you cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw and then explore the very scenic Back Road on your own bicycle (or one you’ve independently hired). The countryside is stunning as you climb through a golden tussocked valley into the rainforest surrounding the Mavora Lakes, where you can tour several Lord of the Rings locations.

We’ll provide you with a map plus a food and beverage voucher that can be redeemed on board the TSS Earnslaw. Just be sure that you don’t miss the last cruise back – there’s no accommodation at Walter Peak!

Things you should know

  • The snack and drink voucher can be redeemed on board the TSS Earnslaw for one drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate or soft drink) and your choice of one food item (muffin, slice of cake or a small packet of chips/peanuts)
  • You’ll enjoy the quiet back country road through mostly gentle rolling terrain
  • Includes a return cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Map provided

Extra information

  • Moderate fitness recommended
  • This cycle activity is suitable for experienced cyclists only