TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises and Walter Peak Farm Tours

No trip to Queenstown is complete without a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship. Also known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’, the TSS Earnslaw is truly a Queenstown icon. It now is the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.

You’ll cruise in style across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm, on this century-old steamship, which once carried Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and even President Bill Clinton. As a great winter activity in Queenstown, the steamship cruise doesn’t involve skiing and is suitable for the whole family. We’ve put together some important information you should know for your planning a cruise by TSS Earnslaw steamship.

TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises

This leisurely 90 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece living history – the 105 year old TSS Earnslaw. Visit the engine room to see how the giant steam engines work. View the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge and even join a sing-along with a pianist. Or, if you’d rather, kick back and enjoy a wine or beer or some café food at the on-board Promenade Café and Bar.

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tours 

Experience New Zealand’s farming life at Queenstown’s Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. The farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours and experience a taste of the High Country farming life.

It is a leisurely 45 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Upon arrival, take part in a guided walking tour of the farmyard and all its animals. Then it is time to learn more about the farming life and watch a sheep shearing demonstration. You’ll also be treated to either morning or afternoon tea, freshly baked at the farm.

Cruises depart regularly throughout the day. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour with gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner.

Farm tour with BBQ lunch

After your farm tour, if you’ve chosen the Gourmet BBQ Lunch then lucky you – a delicious meal at Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant awaits you. Your menu features salads, vegetables and a variety of succulent meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. Vegetarian options are available and there are delectable desserts to make room for too.

Farm tour with BBQ dinner

Upon arrival at the picturesque Walter Peak High Country Farm after 45 minute cruise, a gourmet chef-prepared dinner at the charming Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant awaits. Choose from an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats to delicious vegetables and salads.

After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the return cruise, sing along with the ship’s pianist or simply breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks.

Getting there

The cruise will depart from Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown. We recommend you check-in at the Wharf at least 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.

There is limited free street parking available in the streets surrounding central Queenstown. There is paid parking available in the Man Street and Church Street parking buildings plus pay and display parking at the Boundary Street and Ballarat Street carparks.

Final thoughts:

If you want to have a dining experience that’s unlike any other in Queenstown (or perhaps the world), we strongly recommend you enjoy a gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant.

You’ll immerse in the unique serenity of the recently refurbished Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, the heart of the stately homestead at Walter Peak. Before or after your meal, join an entertaining farm experience that gives you a glimpse of life in the New Zealand high country. If you’ve chosen the dinner option the night-time cruise home is magical, join in the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist on the return journey – this a captivating experience no matter what the time of day!

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