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Board the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship, for an evening cruise on Queenstown’s scenic Lake Wakatipu. Arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm, you’re treated to a sumptuous barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Sink your teeth into roasted meats and seafood, homemade desserts and a New Zealand cheeseboard while a pianist provides the ambiance. After dinner, join a walking tour of the farm to see demonstrations, or simply relax in the bar where you can purchase wine and other beverages, before the return boat trip to Queenstown.
  • Walter Peak gourmet BBQ dinner and Lake Wakatipu cruise
  • Cruise from Queenstown on board a 1912 vintage steamer, the TSS Earnslaw
  • Enjoy a gourmet BBQ buffet dinner with succulent roast meats and seafood
  • Listen to commentary provided by the skipper on the TSS Earnslaw and a farm demonstrator
Relive the elegance of old-time travel aboard the TSS Earnslaw, considered the grandest vessel ever to cruise Lake Wakatipu. Board the 1912 coal-powered steamship in Queenstown, crossing the lake on a narrated trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm, and soak up alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range along the way.

Upon arrival at the farm, get settled in the Colonel’s Homestead for a buffet dinner of local specialties, including meat and seafood barbecued on the outdoor grill. Supplement your meal with an ample selection of antipasto salads and vegetables, then sample from an array of irresistible homemade desserts and a New Zealand cheeseboard accompanied by freshly brewed tea and coffee.

Listen to mellow tunes played by the resident pianist, and relax in the cozy atmosphere around an open fire on cooler nights. After dinner, join a walking tour of the farm to watch a sheepdog show and sheep shearing demonstration, or stay behind and relax with a drink — available for purchase at the bar — before returning to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw.


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, Apr 2018

It was absolutely bucketing down when we took this tour! However the ferry ride on the steamer to the farm was warm and cozy and we enjoyed a glass of wine. It looked like the gardens at the farm were beautiful but we obviously didn't linger outside. The dinner was fantastic - a huge variety of wonderful food and I am sure no-one left hungry. The sheep shearing was interesting and we enjoyed hearing about raising sheep and a little bit about farm life. We are glad we took this tour despite the weather.

, Mar 2018

Awesome night. Great food and surroundings. The cruise across the lake was breath-taking.

, Feb 2018

what a great experience. the steam boat ride out there was so cool and the scenery, you can't beat that. The buffet was excellent with everything you could ever imagine for choices. The sheep shearing was fun to watch too.

, Feb 2018

great cruise and meal.

, Feb 2018

It's an interesting boat-ride. Pulls up in front of the farm. About 15 minutes later, the door opens and you can find a seat. Plenty of food. My only complaint is that it got back to the harbor point about two minutes after the boat-shuttle left for hotel across the bay. So I waited an hour for the next shuttle-boat.

, Feb 2018

Not really Gourmet but it was ok as barbecues go. It was as well organised as it could be for such large numbers all arriving at the same time by boat. There are plenty of tables for two available. Drinks are a bit expensive. Guests on our trip were mostly Chinese. The boat TSS Earnslaw is a magnificent twin screw steamer and was the highlight of the evening. You can view the engine room from above and watch the stokers piling on the coal. Upstairs in the lounge a pianist plays a grand piano on the trip back to Queenstown and there is a song sheet to follow for those who wish to join in.

, Jan 2018

Very nice end to the day. Nice cruise on the beautiful lake - in style. Very nice dinner - meats exceptional. Interesting short show by the farmer of shearing and sheep dogs herding then home again. Sing-a-long on the way home if you wanted to join in. We would do again and highly recommend.

, Jan 2018

Exceptional dinner. Great cruise. A must do if in Queenstown.

, Nov 2017

A must do in Queenstown. The Walter Peak Station is a very well run operation having people seated and receiving drinks within 2 or 3 mintues and the buffet was excellent!!! The TSS Earnslow was a lovely experience, including an old fashioned singalong at the piano on the way home for those interested. Can highly recommend.

, Nov 2017

The cruise to the Walter Peak High Country farm was uncomfortably crowded. However the cruise itself was pleasant, and the authentic steam engine was interesting to see in action. After disembarking from the cruise, there was a short walk to the very well appointed dinning area. Seating was by assigned tables, and tables were called up to the buffet table by number. The dinner offerings were many and varied, from salads, seafood and meats. All was prepared well, and the dinner was surprisingly tasty for a buffet. The desert offerings were also a surprise both in the variety and the quality. Following dinner and coffee and tea, we were treated to a short sheep show - which included a shearing demonstration. This was followed by a herding demonstration which was cut short because the boat was leaving. All in all, this was a pleasant experience with surprisingly good food. The only issues were the crowded boat and the short time after dinner to see the shows.

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