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Itinerary
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.
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Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises
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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Very enjoyable

This is such a nice day, way better than I anticipated. It felt really genuine and not so ‘touristy’ The TSS Earnslaw is beautiful with so much history. At Walter Peak Station we saw a sheep shearing demonstration and the dogs round up the sheep,...More

Thank traywashere
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Quiet spot and great tour with kids

We enjoyed this tour with a baby and a toddler and had a great time. The weather was great. The show was good for those who have never seen this before and for those who have already seen it the “show” is still enjoyable. The...More

Thank Gwennaelle B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fabulous Food @Colonel's Homestead Restaurant...

I had to give prominence to the Colonel's Homestead Restaurant because it was the highlight of our tour and cruise! My hubby, my nephew and my best friend are foodies and they, the rest of us along with them, gave the gourmet BBQ dishes of...More

Thank bo-vwayazh
Reviewed 27 May 2018
Great Set-Up with Great Food

We went on the dinner cruise across on the Earnslaw. Great trip across with fantastic scenery. Our gourmet dinner had great range of seafoods, BBQ meats and selection of salads and vegetables. Food was great only but! was the vegetables werent the warmest, but in...More

1  Thank RabnDazz
Reviewed 11 May 2018
Great day wonderful experience

The travel on the TSS earnslaw is something not to be missed. Stunning scenery and the sheep station is beautiful. We had a lovely young lady Simone give us a sheep shearing demonstration and her working dog went up a mountain and gently herded a...More

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Hi, I think now that the boat is out of the water to get cleaned so it might not be possible this month.
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