5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various animals. Watch sheep dogs in action, see the shearing and maybe try your hand at spinning wool. Then stroll through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel's Homestead for a traditional morning or afternoon tea.


  • Cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak and stroll through a rural New Zealand country farm on this pleasant half-day tour
  • Board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw as it cruises beautiful Lake Wakatipu
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Enjoy a scrumptious morning or afternoon tea at the Colonial's homestead
  • Help feed the sheep and watch the sheep dogs in action
  • Great fun for the whole family

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What You Can Expect

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Join a scenic cruise to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, departing from Queenstown. The original steam engines can be seen in operation from the open viewing area. During the cruise, the ship's pianist entertains with a variety of old favorites and you are encouraged to join in sing-a-long around the piano! You can also visit the mini museum, steeped in the history of the TSS Earnslaw. Tea and coffee and delicious cafe style food can be purchased.

Upon arrival at the Colonel's Homestead, treat yourself to some home baked goodies as well as tea and coffee while admiring the surrounding views of the lake and mountains. Next you can choose to take a wander through the beautiful lakeside gardens.

Included in your visit to Walter Peak is a farmyard walking tour, viewing the livestock including sheep, highland cattle, deer and goats. Your hosts will work the sheep dogs and explain high country mustering practices, plus a demonstration on the art of wool spinning. After your farm tour, return to Queenstown across the lake aboard the TSS Earnslaw.

This South Island tourism operator was recognized as one of the highest achievers at the 2007 New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards. A company delivering quality products winning the Conservation in Action Award and the Qualmark Mark of Quality Award.

Customer Reviews

Margaret P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour is awesome and educational . Scones and jam afternoon tea was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour, great tea and scones. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

What an enjoyable afternoon. Stunning cruise in the lake with all its incredible views. Turned a corner to find the homestead. Cant wait for it to be opened as a B and B. Peter was a fantastic tour guide. Natural setting, tranquil, enjoyable. Lovely touch to have afternoon tea in the homestead.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Really good host, amusing and interesting. I enjoyed the Devonshire tea during the break, which was followed by the shearing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The boat trip was fantastic and very interesting and the farm tour was informative. We all had a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We were lucky enough to have a fine, sunny day when we recently travelled on the SS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Farm. My husband was fascinated by the steam engine on board the ship and I enjoyed the magnificent scenery along the way. Our Guide was most informative and entertaining when demonstrating both the sheep shearing and dog mustering techniques and our morning tea of scones and date loaf was made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful views from the old farm house verandah. I found Real Joirneys to be a most efficient Tour Company with all the tours we did with them during our stay in Queenstown. It is such a beautiful place to visit we are already planning our next trip.

Satyakam Guha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Highly Recommended Tour. Loved it . Its a must

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Real Journeys is the best!
Everything perfect, staffs were so wonderful :)
We will go back and visit them again and again.
Kind Regards,
P Clinton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

This is a wonderful tour, well worth the time and money, I had a fantastic time

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