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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea

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TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea
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Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw,’ a vintage steamship. Stroll the lakeside gardens and enjoy a traditional morning or afternoon tea and take a walking tour of the farm. You’ll watch sheepdogs in action and see sheep shearing demonstrations. Treat yourself to home-baked goods and alpine views of the Remarkables mountain range. Savor a delicious afternoon tea and an amble through lakeside gardens before heading back to Queenstown by boat.
  • 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
  • Enjoy a scrumptious morning or afternoon tea
  • Help feed the sheep and watch the sheep dogs in action
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Cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak
Farm tour at Walter Peak Homestead
Afternoon tea
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
88 Beach Street , 88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to check in.

This activity will end right where it started.
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, enjoy 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 sheepdog demonstration and admire the art of sheep shearing. 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.
Stop At:  
Lake Wakatipu
Travel across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm Experience with Afternoon Tea?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Worth every cent
, May 2022
Extremely well organised and the host/guide was first class even the animals were on their best behavior
Lovely afternoon
, Apr 2022
Our boy enjoyed feeding the farm animals, the afternoon tea was delicious and the views were spectacular .
Absolutely fabulous!
, Apr 2022
Afternoon tea was delicious! The dog show was fantastic-very entertaining and learnt a lot about farming!
Lovely day out
, Apr 2022
Really enjoyable relaxing combination of the steam boat, interaction at the farm afternoon tea and stunning scenery.
Great experience
, Apr 2022
Such a gorgeous experience! Will be back 🙂 the ship was lovely and the feeding of the animals on the farm. Beautiful views from there and great food
I enjoyed it and relaxing
, Mar 2022
I loved everything. Enjoyed being on the boat and seeing the engine. Loved the attention of the farm animals and feeding them and the show
, Mar 2022
Ship travel, farm tour and afternoon tea were all fantastic. Exceeded expectations. The guide, Adelaide was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable
Great relaxing and enjoyable tour.
, Jan 2022
Great relaxing tour. Everything is not rushed, feels relaxed yet enjoyable. Boarding the vintage ship was a great experience too. Farm tour was fun, got to feed the animals. Afternoon tea also a thumbs up.
Beyond amazing
, Dec 2021
Start to finish what a great outing! So professionally run, genuine, friendly staff, timely but never rushed, laughs, even learned lots. Food at afternoon tea exceeded expectations, Master Chef quality. Farm guide so knowledgeable and patient and friendly, good variety of animals. Earnslaw staff welcoming.
Spectacular scenery
, Nov 2021
Docking at Walter Peak Station was amazing and then looking across the lake to Queenstown from up the farm track
Family Fun!
, Oct 2021
The cruise was absolutely stunning, the scenery looked so beautiful and it was just as peaceful! The tour on the farm was so lovely, getting to meet the animals and feed them was so much fun. The tea was delicious and our tour guide did a great job, she made sure the tour was entertaining and educational! It's safe to say my mother enjoyed this day out!
Family Fun
, Apr 2021
Our family loved our trip on the TSS Earnslaw. Our kids liked seeing how the boat worked and spending time on deck. The farm tour was a great experience for city kids and we all enjoyed our afternoon tea. Definitely recommend as a family activity.
Full whānau delight
, Apr 2021
Loved taking our two grandchildren over to Walter Peak Station. It is such a child friendly event. The feeding of the animals was so special for our two grandchildren. I have also been there with my mother who also enjoyed it very much. The flower garden is fabulous, my granddaughter practiced her photography taking photos from her new camera of the flowers.
Great trip
, Apr 2021
Our daughter (5) loved the animals, the afternoon tea was lovely. Cruise was gorgeous and well worth a trip almost every year since our wedding 9 yrs ago.
Sheep Sheering Demo at Walter Peak Farm, Queenstown New Zealand
, Mar 2020
Worthwhile breathtaking and engaging tour for a great value! On board the TSS Vintage Steamship to cruise Lake Wakatipu towards Walter Peak High Country Farm. We had a slice of New Zealand farming seeing sheep herding and shearing demo as well as got up close with farm animals (Merino and perendel sheeps, Alpaca, Scottish highland cattles, cows, goats, deer and ponies roaming in the 24,000 hectare land in Queensland, New Zealand. After the farm tour, they treated us to coffee, tea, scones and delicious treats!
Fun getaway for a few hours
, Feb 2020
Peter was a passionate guide through all the animals on the farm. The border collies were amazing and so well trained. Beautiful scenery as well.
Well worth a visit
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip over on the steam ship to Walter Tyler Park. The guided tour & sheep shearing demonstration & dog sheep herding were very well done
Great show and experience!
, Jan 2020
It was an awesome afternoon. The trip was so memorable. The show was great and followed by a nice afternoon tea
A must do in Queenstown
, Dec 2019
This excursion suitable for all ages and my family have enjoyed so much. The Farm show was fun and you really get close up and feed the animals. The tea break scones and cakes were yummy. It's perfect and make sure you don't miss this when you are in Queenstown.
Fantastic tour
, Sep 2019
The cruise is a bit old but the professional team makes it comfortable.... The farm is totally different to other farms i have seen in past... Its a good warm place...

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