TSS Earnslaw

TSS Earnslaw

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Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak w/ Gourmet BBQ

1. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak w/ Gourmet BBQ

Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm across Queenstown’s Lake Whakatipu onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. 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 Whakatipu.Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill. The buffet includes salads, vegetables, and succulent local meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. There is a wide range of delicious desserts on offer, including a vast array of fresh bread and cheese.Overlooking Lake Whakatipu and Queenstown's alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. An entertaining farm demonstration the whole family will enjoy is also included. If there is time remaining, explore the beautiful lakeside gardens before re-boarding onto the TSS Earnslaw for the return trip to Queenstown. 

Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

2. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise of Lake Whakatipu

It’s New Zealand’s most iconic boat and one of Queenstown’s most historic destinations.The leisurely 90-minute cruise across Lake Whakatipu showcases some of Queenstown’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown’s living history – the over one hundred year-old TSS Earnslaw.Listen to engaging commentary from your experienced captain who will highlight points of interest throughout your cruise. View the collection of historical photos in the small onboard museum and check out the skipper’s wheelhouse. Visit the engine room to feel the heat of the giant steam engines at work and see the stokers shovel coal into the glowing fireboxes. Soak in the dramatic mountain views surrounding Lake Wakatipu and relax at the cafe where you can enjoy a wine or beer and snacks are also available for purchase. You can choose to undertake just the cruise, or combine it with a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided farm tour, horse trek, eco experience or our famous gourmet barbecue lunch/dinner. Please note that we have separate listings for these combo options.

Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

3. Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

Explore this working high country farm, providing a number of authentic experiences. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Whakatipu, with a colonial homestead and beautiful lakeside gardens, Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours. Begin this combo tour with a relaxing scenic boat ride across Lake Whakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal-fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Explore the decks, visit the steam room, or chat with the captain in the wheelhouse. Take advantage of the onboard cafe to purchase a drink or two. You will be greeted by our rural host upon disembarking the TSS Earnslaw, who will take you to the amphitheatre, where you will watch the remarkable skill with which the farm dogs round up sheep from the paddocks. Enjoy a walking tour of the farmyard, visiting the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then a stroll to the charming old woolshed for morning or afternoon tea. You may have time to wander through the lakeside gardens before you re-board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back to Queenstown.

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Absolutely fabulous and we were particularly impressed with the Gluten Free service. The hostess at the restaurant was full aware of the need for my guests to have a gluten free experience even to the point of being concerned about cross contamination of serving equipment Thank you very much

It was thoroughly enjoyable including the boat trip with toastie visit to the engine room. Lovely snow on the peaks and the lunch was superb. The farm show terrific and the dog was amazing. The Irish guy shearing was most entertaining. A great day all up.

Excellent time! So enjoyable & we are glad we did this. Was So special to be on one of the few running historical steamboats from back in the day. Food was delicious & the show afterwards a surprise delight.

This was one of the best experiences in my life- and we have traveled all over the world. The trip over to Walter Peak on the SS Earnslaw was great, the food was fantastic and the show after was amazing.

Great value and wonderful experience. Kim the short haired border collie at the farm show was a highlight. Unbelievable spread of food and nostalgic experience on the Earnslaw Highly recommended