Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown

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Lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm and Cruise from Queenstown
from AUD $117.54
A return scenic cruise from Queenstown Bay, across stunning Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on our vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, a farm tour and a delicious BBQ Lunch served on the sunny terrace at the Colonel’s Homestead.

Before lunch, the rural demonstrator will give guests an insight into life in the New Zealand high country by providing an entertaining farm show including working sheep dogs and sheep shearing.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at Walter Peak where the menu showcases food and wine from the wider Central Otago region. Chefs prepare a tasty selection of meats on the outdoor grill, while fresh, seasonal salads and vegetables are available from the dining area of the Colonel’s Homestead. Top off lunch with a selection of delicious sweet treats and local cheeses.
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In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
3 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand

Return Cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak. Stop at Walter Peak for lunch and a sheep shearing demonstration.

Stop At: Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak 9793, New Zealand

Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm demo in a stunning lakeside setting.

Your lunch starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savor the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill.

Our lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef, so you'll have a plenty to choose from our seasonal menu - salads, vegetables, succulent meat cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry, you are well catered for too. Then finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert.

After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.

Please note: The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey 02 June – 15 July 2018 and the TSS Earnslaw will NOT be operating. During this period travel to and from Walter Peak is by launch and the lower price reflects this change.


  • Gourmet BBQ Lunch
  • Farm Show
  • Live English commentary on board as well as interpretation handouts in English, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Full bar services operate on the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak and at the Colonel’s Homestead.This is at your own expense. When the TSS Earnslaw is on her annual survey a smaller boat will substitute. The next survey will be during dates 02 June - 03 July 2020.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Trip to and from Walter Peak on the TSS Earnslaw was quite enjoyable, not only is the scenery great but learning how a steam shop operates for me was also pretty cool. The buffet BBQ lunch and service were very good but the highlight was the sheep shearing and sheep herding.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2020
Beautiful gardens...lunch was very good (lots of vegetables which is hard to find)...staff very efficient
• Submitted 17 Jan 2020
Queenstown turned on sunny but cool weather for us. Although we are very familiar with sheep, for people who are not familiar with them the shearing and sheep dog show were very entertaining. We never cease to be amazed by working sheep dogs. The gourmet bbq lunch, although very crowded, was very enjoyable. There was a good range of meats, salads and vegetables and they were all delicious. We enjoyed a wonderful view during lunch. The out and back cruise on the steamship was comfortable and very enjoyable with an informative commentary and spectacular views.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
We have done this 11 years ago as a couple. This time we took the kids with us and we had an amazing time. This is a must if you are in Queenstown. The food was amazing and the view is WOW!
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
It was interesting to see the workings of the Earnslaw boat and very idyllic cruising into the peaceful setting of Walter Peak followed by a wonderful BBQ at the homestead looking out over Lake Whakatipu
• Submitted 05 Dec 2019
The steamship ride was fantastic. Everywhere you look in Queenstown is amazing anyway, so this journey was no exception. Plenty of great photo moments. Walter Peak was beautiful. The farm show was entertaining and the lunch was scrumptious.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
Great lunch time meal and shearing show. The different meats for lunch and the taste was awsoume. We loved it.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
As per usual great trip over and back on the earnslaw great lunch great service beautiful setting and gift shop our Third visit
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
The steam engine was interesting. Nice pleasant cruise. The BBQ lunch is the highlight. Definitely recommended.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
What a great experience! The sheep shearing, the dogs herding the sheep, and delicious buffet and the stunning views! Excellent!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
After an enjoyable trip across lake in steamship Earnslaw enjoyed the whole experience Of the sheep shearing demonstration and dogs working with the sheep. The buffet lunch was absolutely excellent with such a variety of dishes and sweets. All in all a most enjoyable afternoon in a magic setting
• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
Fabulous sunny day made this excursion perfect. The cruise was very pleasant and the sheep shearing presentation was excellent. The gourmet BBQ lunch was fantastic. We enjoyed sitting on Walter Peak's terrace so much that we didn't take the next boat back and just enjoyed the sunshine and the fabulous view. We would highly recommend the the trip and gourmet BBQ lunch.
• Submitted 22 Apr 2019
This was an amazing voyage. From viewing the coals being shoveled into the engines and the scenery on our way to the farm, this boat ride was incredible. The only thing I was disappointed with was that the lunch didn’t include the farm tour. We went on our own after lunch to see the animals we could. Otherwise worth the trip and time.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019
The best part was watching the triple expansion steam engines in operation on the TSS Earnslaw as we crossed the lake. There aren't many 100 year old steam boats still in use. The Earnslaw is a classic! The barbeque also was outstanding, as were the beautiful flower gardens. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2019
My wife and I took the 100+ year old steamboat over to Walter Peak for the Sheep shearing and BBQ lunch. The entire trip was very well organized and both kids and adults will love being able to see the twin steam engines power the TSS Earnslaw. You can watch the guy shovel coal (1 ton/Hr) in to fuel the boilers. The sheep shearing was entertaining and the dogs did a great job of bringing the sheep to the pen. From there we went to eat a very nice self serve BBQ lunch. There is a wide selection of meats from BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Lamb etc. Go hungry as there is a lot to eat. There was wide selection of desserts which were also very good.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2018
This was incredibly enjoyable! The TSS Earnslaw steamer provided a nostalgic ride with beautiful views of the lake and Remarkable mountains. The sheep shearing with the sheep dogs demo was super interesting and the BBQ lunch was sumptuous with lots of quality choices, and all you could eat, in a stunning setting. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 12 Apr 2018
This tour is really really good. The first part is a 45min cruise on a 112ft coal fired steam ship that is fitted out for comfortable passenger travel. There are two covered decks and an open foredeck. The land portion at the Walter Peak farm is very good. It starts off with a sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstration followed by an extravagant bbq buffet lunch with all the food choice you could ever want. The return ship journey is accompanied by a lady playing well known sing-a-long songs on a grand piano. An excellent tour for good value.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2018
It was a beautiful sunny day one drawback was that the ship was rather overcrowded a lot of people went on deck but it became very windy in the middle of the lake and everyone tried to get downstairs.It was lovely at the farm
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
• Submitted 24 Jan 2018
I would definitely recommend this experience. The trip on the TSS Earnslaw was lovely. The scenery is beautiful. The location is amazing, the other side of the lake, very remote and peaceful. The lunch was AMAZING! Such a selection of cheeses, meats and desserts. Next time I would definitely choose some activities to do and make a day of it, such as the horse trek.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2017
Love it! The boat ride was perfect, the food was amazing! The sheep were so cute-
• Submitted 04 Dec 2017
The TSS Steamer is very pretty, the view is so beautiful at the Walter peak Garden. Lunch food is nice.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
Amazing outing to Walter Peak for a gourmet BBQ lunch.Food was exquisite. Trip aboard the TSS Earnslaw was amazing.Will definitely do it again!
• Submitted 22 Oct 2017
Our family group of ten thoroughly enjoyed every aspect from the trip on the Earnslaw to the amazing lunch, which was over and above our expectations. You will not be disappointed!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017

In Brief

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New Zealand
3 hours 30 minutes

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