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Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from 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
Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown
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This Walter Peak farm tour and vintage-ship cruise is ideal for travelers who would like to spend a few hours outside of Queenstown without traveling too far. Combine a variety of magical experiences in one trip: take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a classic steamer, stop for tea at a Colonel’s Homestead, and explore a working farmyard, where you can even try your hand at wool-spinning and sheep-shearing.
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, head to the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant for 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.
Reviews (128)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
My Daughter’s Favorite

Our family had done multiple fun things in Queenstown. When I asked my 14 year old daughter her favorite activity in Queenstown, she said it was feeding the cows at Walter Peak. The tea was delicious. When my daughters asked if the cakes we vegan,...More

1  Thank musickcd
Reviewed 1 week ago
Steamengines and sheep

Interesting and fun tour. The cruise with the working steamengines on the ss Earnslaw was just great. Nice views, friendly crew. At the farm see how sheep is shaved, jusr fun en how the sheepdogs are getting te outside sheeps in their box is amazing.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank marcandnathalienz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taxi Ride

They sell is as a historic ride, but it's nothing more than a croweded money ferry to bring you to an island for the "fun" of looking at sheep. Well, maybe in Rotorua, but with so many other things in Queenstown, I'd make this the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Relax_its_a_vacation
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Over LOAD!!

I know it was Chinese New Year, but does not excuse booking in excess of seats. Sitting on the boiler [side ship] without cushions, [no cardboard even] is very uncomfortable. Took same tour 7 years ago and about 1000% better. And high tea was at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bill S
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Bill S, Yes, you are right it was Chinese New Year and peak time for us and all operators in town. So, yes we were very busy on the TSS Earnslaw and we apologise that you couldn’t find comfortable seats. Afternoon tea should have taken...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Quick, fun activity in Queenstown!

We visited Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour while visiting Queenstown in February. We needed an activity that was near by and wouldn't take too much time (we only had a half day left) and also not cost too much. This was perfect! The steamboat...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JenChamp
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Suzie C
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Response from skiandridegirls | Reviewed this property |
No, we weren’t able to shear the sheep, but were able to take a clump of the sheep’s hair for a souvenir!
22 August 2018|
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Response from kadodenoel | Reviewed this property |
It’s about 45 min by boat to get there, then you have the tour, the morning tea or BBQ and then heading back it took us about 3h30.