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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 (110)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
One of the Best Days of our Holiday

From the moment we stepped onto the old steam boat to the singalong at the end of the day, this was a magic experience. Beautiful trip up the river, the farm house is a real photo shot. Fantastic food and the highlight was the cattle...More

1  Thank Kathryn G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great experience

We only did the cruise but weren't disappointed! Great history, beautiful scenery. Can walk all the way around the boat as well as watch them shovel coal for the steam! Didn't really like that we were forced to have our photo taken when walking up...More

Thank Sherpa829084
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great taste of history

Our hotel recommended this steamboat ride to the Walter Peak High Country Farm so we listened! We boarded on the 10am boat with the lunch option at Walter Peak. The ride was wonderful and scenic. It was quite crowded, but we were able to locate...More

Thank skiandridegirls
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Visit at Walters Peak

if you want a really nice boat ride up the lake then this is what you need some where local and the staff at Walter Peak was very friendly. we only did the morning tea and sheep demo but was really interesting. really good for...More

1  Thank Denise B
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Denise, Thanks for the review. Yes the farm tour more specifically feeding the animals is certainly a big hit with the wee ones but like you pointed out the sheep shearing and lovely morning / afternoon tea is quite enjoyable for all guests...More

Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile
Great visit

We went with the lunch option and we were so happy we did! The most amasing lunch with a magnificent view. We both agreed it was one of the best meals with a great selection of food! The farm tour only involved a sheep shearing...More

Thank kirstyparfitt
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Suzie C
24 October 2018|
Response from RabnDazz | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Not in the show we saw
Yanti A
22 August 2018|
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Response from Gwennaelle B | 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.