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

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

Ken D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

An iconic trip, beautiful and fun - the cruise is a must do think to do


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand! It was just fun being on the amazing and very cool ship, the Earnslaw, but to then have the great experience on the farm feeding the animals, watching the sheep dogs at work, etc. We LOVED it! We loved Queenstown. Great value for the experience.

Mainuddin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent in one word. Really loved their sweet treats, enjoyed.

Ron S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Well worth the money and time.

Tina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a lovely little day trip. We took the steamship over across one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The Walter Peak Farm is
so rich in history and very charming. We fed and played with the animals, watched sheep shearing and sheep dog practice.
The flora and fauna is breath taking. Absolutely mind blowing!

Shayne V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A fantastic, easy tour, starting with an incredibly scenic journey across Lake Wakatipu from the middle of Queenstown Wharf on the historic 105 year old coal powered steamer called The Earnslaw. Once at Walter Peak Station the local shepherd gave us a leisurely introduction to the locals sheep and lambs, red deer, highland cattle, lamas, and friendly farm dogs. Then a short walk through the beautiful gardens for a home cooked afternoon tea/coffee that was delicious, before watching working dogs herd sheep, and sheep shearing.
The Earnslaw then picked us up and we enjoyed a wine/beer to piano music back across the smooth-as-glass Lake to central queenstown. Something for everyone, and very little walking required. Highly recommend, even for other Kiwis who have grown up around farms.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Relaxing cruise and amazing views during cruise and at farm. They gave us pastries and tea while we were there, which was a nice treat. Watched a few show demonstrations and were able to see and pet a variety of farm animals.

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved it.....

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Tour the beautiful waterways around Queenstown on a working steamer boat that is used for transportation, shipping supplies and well as for the tours. The farm tour was very informative and interesting. Tea time was delicious! I cannot say enough to describe the natural beauty of the entire area around Queenstown. Seeing it from the water was amazing.

Andreanna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Loved it from the moment of boarding the old Steamer until we returned to dock. The High Country Farm is a 'feel good' touch with the farm animals. Most delicious afternoon tea with a view to die for. New Zealand .... best place on earth!

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