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From NZ$129 per adult

RealNZ TSS Earnslaw High Country Farm Dining Experiences

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel operating in the southern hemisphere. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for an immersive dining and farm tour experience. 

Walter Peak Farm, on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu, provides visitors with the opportunity to relax and experience New Zealand high country life.

Activity Options

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm and Gourmet BBQ Lunch

  • Combine a lake cruise and a guided farm visit with a tasty barbecue lunch
  • Relax on the lakeside terrace or inside the Colonel’s Homestead and savour the enticing aromas as the barbecue is freshly prepared and served
  • Fresh salads and crusty bread perfectly complement the food sizzling on the grill
  • Meat lovers will delight in the locally sourced grilled fish, juicy beef steaks, succulent pork, lamb chops, pork spare ribs and chicken drumsticks
  • Vegetarians are well catered for with an enticing selection of seasonal salads, roast vegetables and vegetarian dish of the day

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Gourmet BBQ Dinner

  • If you’re looking for a dining experience that’s unlike any other in Queenstown, dine at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak
  • Your experience starts with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 100 year old steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Then disembark at Walter Peak Farm, one of the first farms set up in the region
  • Relax in the unique ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, the heart of the stately homestead at Walter Peak. Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you
  • Includes an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, a selection of delicious vegetables and salads.
  • Then finish your meal with our irresistible desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee
  • An entertaining after dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life
  • Then on your return cruise to Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist

Mavora High Country Tours

  • Relaxing and informative day out where the views are spectacular and company is fun
    Your personalised tour begins with meeting your guide/driver for the day
  • Then board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm
  • You’ll then set out in a modern minivan along a scenic back road to Mavora Lakes
  • As you explore the stunning vistas of the western side of Lake Wakatipu, you’ll learn about the pioneering farming tradition in this golden tussocked high country
  • Lunch is a picnic enjoyed at the picturesque Mavora Lakes before a walk in the beech forest where many Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed
  • Back at Walter Peak, head to the farmyard for an entertaining demonstration and tour that offers a glimpse into life in the high country
  • After meeting the animals and watching a sheep shorn, enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead restaurant before heading back to Queenstown


TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm and Gourmet BBQ Lunch

  • October – May & September: 12 noon
  • November – early April: 10 am (additional to ‘all year’ departures)

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining

  • August – May: 6 pm

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm and Mavora High Country Tour

  • October – April: 10.00 am


  • TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm and Barbecue Lunch Excursions: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining: 4 hours
  • TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm and Mavora High Country Tour: 7 hours and 30 minutes

Other Information

  • Suitable for all ages
  • What to bring: Non-slip shoes/boots, warm clothing, jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera


RealNZ Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Book the TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Farm Dining Experience

You can book Queenstown activities separately or as part of one of our New Zealand holiday packages. We bundle activitiesaccommodation, and transportation together for convenient, affordable New Zealand holidays.

These popular holiday packages include the TSS Earnslaw Cruise and High Country Farm Dinner: 

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to plan your Queenstown activities.

Tour Prices

* All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars

* Children: 5-14 years, under 5 years are free

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• TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch Adult NZ$129 PP
• TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch Child NZ$65 PP
• TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner Adult NZ$149 PP
• TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner Child NZ$70 PP
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