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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

Lieselot B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

a must!

mel h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The farm itself and the surrounding landscape is just breathtaking. The staff are welcoming and seriously, I don't know how they keep smiling considering some of the rude tourists I encountered... Time to check for manners at the border... Loved being able to get up close and personal with all the animals, especially my mate Bella, the sheepdog. Give my love to Dougall - the most gorgeous bull I have ever seen. This trip is one that I would do every time I visit Queenstown, just such a lovely way to spend the day.

Jill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyed boat ride. Very comfortable and fantastic snack bar. Guide at the farm was very nice and friendly. Great sheep demonstrations. We had the morning tea with amazing scones and plenty to eat and drink. Nice pace for the day.

Brian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent value

Arief Theofilus S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

One of the best tour I ever joined! Love every details of the tour. The old TSS Earnslaw ship was Amazing, still working well. The scenery and the warmth of the farm was so memorable, I want be there again! This is really worth tour to buy. If you're in Queenstown, Please pick this up soon!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a fantastic day from the cruise over where the staff were fantastic as was the steamer. Everything was of a very high standard. At the farm we were greeted warmly and our guide/ shepherd who was Peter was lovely. His commentary was funny and informative it did not feel like a mass trip but personal and individual. The afternoon tea was delicious and the sheep dog demonstration and shearing of the sheep was a highlight. The ladies in the shop were a delight and the shop was very reasonably priced. We steamed back to Queenstown a very happy group of Ellen people thank you xxx

Suhairi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing cruise, lovely scenic view and beautiful farm country!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

First time on a steamship. Very unique. Cruise across lake to farm took approx 30 mins. Stunning views.
Walter peak farm is a hidden gem surrounded by gorgeous mountains. Farm tour was interesting. Our host is very friendly and welcoming. Loved the sheep shearing and sheep herding demonstration. Getting close and feeding the farm animals was lovely. Morning tea was delicious. Best scones, yum!

Philip G C

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 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very enjoyable

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