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TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

Activity provider: RealNZ

TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

Activity provider: RealNZ
Likely to sell out Booked 14 times yesterday

From US$ 92.85 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 14 times yesterday

Combine a leisurely cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu before disembarking at Walter Peak High Country Station for a full BBQ buffet, a small farm demonstration and extensive gardens to enjoy.

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Duration 3.5 - 4 hours
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  • Take in Queenstown's scenic beauty on a cruise
  • Marvel at the history of the TSS Earnslaw, built in 1912, as you wander through her onboard museum
  • Enjoy the decadent gourmet BBQ buffet at Walter Peak High Country Station
  • Watch an entertaining farm demonstration around life on a working property
Full description

This half-day activity begins and concludes with a 45-minute cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Spend a few hours enjoying the culinary delights at Walter Peak High Country Station, including an entertaining farm demonstration the whole family will enjoy.

Feel free to take advantage of the extensive lay-out of this incredible steamship – she is a floating museum of her own history, and you are more than welcome to enter the engine room where you can watch our hardy coal-stokers as they keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown’s incredible alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in Central Otago. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. Spend your time wandering the award-winning gardens, or saying hello to the animals that call the station home. The BBQ Buffet includes salads, vegetables, and succulent local meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. There is a wide range of desserts on offer, including a vast array of fresh bread and cheese. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let the supplier know directly so we can safely accommodate your requests.

  • Round-trip steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Gourmet BBQ lunch or dinner (depending on option selected)
  • Drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Cruise is subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a full refund
  • Non-slip shoes are recommended
  • Suitable for all ages
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 355 reviews

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Loved this activity! The boat ride over was pretty cool with awesome views all around, enjoyed the mulled wine onboard too. The bbq was on point, the meat was cooked to perfection with a good variety of salads, sides, cheese, crackers, breads and condiments. There was also a good variety of desserts. We were also treated to a dog show after lunch on the farm! Seeing these working dogs in action was awesome! We really enjoyed that! It was well organised with minimal waiting time, the whole day just seemed to flow seamlessly.

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August 8, 2022

I visited Walter Peak during Winter Season - last week of June2022. The gourmet offers a lot of healthy option. They gave us a very good seat right next to the window. Very friendly staff. The dog show is also amazing. I wish the actual earnslaw ship was not under maintenance during our travel so better check if you will get by Walter Peak thru the earnslaw ship or the normal cruise. But overall, I highly recommend to the tourist to do this activity if you want to try good quality gourmet and quick experience of NZ farm.

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July 10, 2022

From start to finish this trip is awesome 1912 steamer where you can watch the coal being put into the fire and all the engine working cruising on the beautiful lake. Arriving at walter peak and having an outstanding BBQ lunch with lots of everything cooked and prepared by excellent chefs and served with friendly and helpful staff and to finish the day a farm dog demonstration and a sail back to queenstown. Our family loved it

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April 27, 2022

Product ID: 129952