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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 (118)
1 - 5 of 31 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Awesome afternoon we all enjoyed!

I did this excursion with my 5 year old daughter & we both really enjoyed it! The TSS Earnslaw is a beautiful old ship with plenty of viewing areas to see the gorgeous surroundings & a little bit of history! The restored farmhouse, amphitheater &...More

Thank 152susiet
Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun and educational for the whole family

Wonderful experience for the kids. My 3yo loved the animal tour including feeding the animals, watching the sheep shearing demonstration and the dogs. There's plenty to eat at the morning tea with sweet and savoury scones as well as cakes and coffee/tea/softdrink. The steamship is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank drdsouza
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

35 minute boat ride out of QT on the historic Steamship Earnslaw with a captain and first mate who totally look the part. Drop off at Walter Peak Farm, which appears at first glance to be small, family-owned and run. First a sheep shearing demo...More

Thank kegger911
Reviewed December 15, 2018
Informative farm tour

Nice cruise out to the farm on the steamer. Got to see sheep shearing and a working dog display, which was fantastic. Was taken around to a few of the farm animal before being directed to the afternoon tea area. Nice scones and tea. Had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AJG35
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile
Beautiful farm

This was definitely a highlight of our stay in Queenstown! A picturesque trip on the boat to the most beautiful farm and a fantastic sheep shearing and cattle dog demonstration. I didn’t realise I had only booked in for afternoon tea and would have loved...More

Thank Kris091
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Suzie C
October 23, 2018|
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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!
August 22, 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.