5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 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

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the SS ‘Earnslaw,’ a vintage steamship. Stroll the lakeside gardens to the Colonel's Homestead for traditional morning or afternoon tea and take a walking tour of the farm. You’ll watch sheep dogs in action, see sheep shearing demonstrations and learn the time-honored art of spinning wool. Treat yourself to home-baked goods and alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range.


  • 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

Embark on a scenic cruise by vintage, coal-powered steamship to Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you’ll enjoy home-baked treats with coffee or tea plus a walking tour of the lakeside farm. 

Departing Queenstown aboard the TSS Earnslaw, take in the views over sparkling Lake Wakatipu. Sing to favorite old tunes as you’re entertained by the onboard pianist, check out the ship’s original steam engines in operation since 1912, or visit the mini-museum for historical displays about the old steamer.

On arrival at the Walter Peak High Country Farm, head to the Colonel’s Homestead for morning or afternoon tea. Soak up the alpine surroundings as you meander through the lakeside gardens before a farmyard walking tour. 

Your hosts introduce you to the sheep and other livestock including highland cattle, deer and goats, and explain mustering practices during a sheep dog demonstration. Admire the art of sheep shearing and try your hand at wool spinning. Afterward, you’ll return across the lake to Queenstown aboard the TSS Earnslaw.

This South Island tourism operator was recognized at the 2007 New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards, winning the Conservation in Action Award and the Qualmark Mark of Quality Award.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great interest in steamship. Farm tour and tea were very well done. Would recommend it for a gentle alternative to the high adrenalin activities

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

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