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Join a scenic cruise to Walter Peak on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, departing from Queenstown. Upon arrival experience rural New Zealand as you're taken on a walking tour of the farm. Learn about traditional farming practices and the significance of the various animals. Watch sheep dogs in action and see a sheep shearing demonstration. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea then stroll through the lakeside gardens before boarding the TSS Earnslaw and returning back to Queenstown.
A unique experience just outside of Queenstown
Maritime history buffs will love the lake cruise on a vintage steamer
Visit farm animals and try sheep-shearing and wool-spinning
Spend a low-key morning or afternoon outdoors
What to Expect
Your scenic cruise by vintage ship begins at the steamer wharf in Queenstown, where you board the TSS Earnslaw—one of the only passenger-carrying steamships in the southern hemisphere—for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu.
An onboard pianist plays old tunes during the journey. Check out the ship's original steam engines or the historical displays.
Upon arrival to the Walter Peak High Country Farm, enjoy tea and homemade snacks or baked goods. Wander through the lakeside gardens and head to the farmyard for a tour.
See resident sheep, cattle, deer, and goats, as well as a sheep-dog demonstration. After some expert demonstrations, try your hand at sheep-shearing and wool-spinning.
Get back on the boat for the journey back to Queenstown, and get dropped off at the wharf.
88 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Returns to original departure point
Cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak
Farm tour at Walter Peak Homestead
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
When the TSS Earnslaw is on her annual survey a smaller boat will substitute. The next survey will be during dates 01 June - 5 July 2019.
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
A fun time watching the sheep getting sheared and learning about the farm that is working as well
We had a great guide and one who was extremely knowledgeable
Fun to learn new things
A time and watching how the sheep dogs control the sheep...More
Was a very cold morning start. However we set off from Queenstown over Lake Wakatipu, beautiful views, a ticky tour around the lake, seeing the famous Earnslaw ship, with a very informative commentary during our ride, spectacular scenery and arriving at our destination Walter Peak...More
The Walter Peak High Country Farm is out of this world! You take a picture perfect tour around Queenstown on the iconic Earnslaw ship. Once you get there you are taken to the shearing show with Hamish who was so enthusiastic and Jenny provided instructions...More
No I can't imagine you would get sick as the lake is smooth and Glassy. It may get a bit choppy if weather was really bad but I have never seen that in the many times I have been to Queenstown. I goon big cruise liners and I... More
No I can't imagine you would get sick as the lake is smooth and Glassy. It may get a bit choppy if weather was really bad but I have never seen that in the many times I have been to Queenstown. I goon big cruise liners and I take the 1000 mg ginger tablets before I get on and 3 times a day till any queasy tummy feelings subside. I think you will be fit it is a great day out in nice weather.
I took my 5 year old Grandson. We saw sheep dogs working, sheep shearing, very large placid beautiful bulls, cows, horses, goats, deer, sheep. alpacas and baby animals and we got to feed and pat them all. We had a fabulous... More
I took my 5 year old Grandson. We saw sheep dogs working, sheep shearing, very large placid beautiful bulls, cows, horses, goats, deer, sheep. alpacas and baby animals and we got to feed and pat them all. We had a fabulous day. They supply plenty of animal feed in the price you pay for your.ticket. And the afternoon tea is delicious and plenty of it, all fresh and a great variety.
As there is so much to see do and enjoy near where the Steam ship departs. You are better getting there early as possible to enjoy lunch somewhere and a relaxing walk around the lakefront. I went 2 hours prior and it still... More
As there is so much to see do and enjoy near where the Steam ship departs. You are better getting there early as possible to enjoy lunch somewhere and a relaxing walk around the lakefront. I went 2 hours prior and it still was not enough time to enjoy the Lakefront, wharf etc