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Your evening begins at the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown, where you board the vintage TSS Earnslaw for a scenic cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

Cross the lake while learning about the region and its history from your guide’s live commentary. While on the water, soak in views of the Remarkables mountain range. 

Upon arrival at Walter Peak High Country Farm, settle in for a buffet feast replete with seafood and meat barbecued on an outdoor grill. Your meal includes a New Zealand cheeseboard, antipasti, desserts, and coffee and tea. Live piano music enhances the lovely dining experience, and an open fire burns on cooler nights. 

After dinner, take a walking tour of the farm, which includes a sheepdog show and a sheepshearing demonstration.

Enjoy free time for a drink or two at the bar (own expense) before heading back on the steamer for the journey back to Queenstown.
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Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises
Lake Wakatipu
Walter Peak Evening Dining Excursions - Real Journeys
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Travelers wanting a magical experience in Queenstown need look no further than this comprehensive tour. Relive the elegance of a different era by cruising Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw—one of the only remaining commercial coal-fired steamers operating in the southern hemisphere—and follow it by feasting on a lakeside BBQ banquet. The memorable evening concludes with a farm tour and sheepshearing demonstration.
  • Experience life in a former era with a vintage steamer cruise and farm tour
  • Ride one of the only steamers still operating in the southern hemisphere
  • Ideal for travelers looking for a unique romantic experience
  • Don’t stress about dinner after the cruise—its included with this tour
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Reviewed May 16, 2018
Delightful and would do again

We went on the TSS Earnshaw steamship cruised up to the homestead for dinner. Large range of buffet food. The deserts were so yummy.

1  Thank Debbie M
Reviewed April 17, 2018
Good evening

We had a good crossing, although it rained all night. The staff aboard, at the office and at the restaurant were helpful. We enjoyed the singalong on the return journey.

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Reviewed March 21, 2018
Excellent cruise and buffet, and interesting sheep-shearing demonstration

This is not normally our kind of thing, but it was included in a tour we were doing and it turned out to be excellent. The TSS Earnslaw, was launched in the same year as the Titanic (1912) and is in beautiful condition. The buffet...More

1  Thank David E
Reviewed March 8, 2018
History afloat

It was a real joy to be able to sail on the last steam powered (coal) vessel in the southern hemisphere. The TSS Earnslaw is such a vessel. We could wander around the ship, tour the engine room area, and enjoy snacks aboard. It took...More

2  Thank Tom S
Reviewed March 1, 2018
Great meal and River trip

Took a Saturday evening cruise via TSS steamship to Walter Park. Since travelling as a married couple sat together witn a great view of the lake. Enjoyable farm demonstration after dinner. Crab seafood was very good aling with roast meal. Eat as much as you...More

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kai g
July 20, 2018|
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Kai I would go to the Real Journeys web site to get the current times of departure as they may be different than when we went in January. Full details should be there. The trip takes about 1 hour there and 1 hour... More
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