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TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dining

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  • Return cruise across Lake Wakatipu
  • Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship
  • Spectacular Queenstown alpine scenery
  • Expert commentary
  • Gourmet buffet BBQ dining at Colonel's Homestead
  • Chance to wander through the award-winning gardens
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Maximise your TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm experience near Queenstown by adding a delicious barbecue style buffet lunch or dinner eaten within the lovely surroundings of the beautiful gardens of the farm's Colonel's Homestead with this great value package. Join us after disembarking from your TSS Earnslaw cruise and relax on the lakeside terrace as the fragrant aromas waft by and the chef cooks a selection of delicious food on the barbecue. A combination of fresh salads and crusty bread complement the sizzling food cooked to perfection on the grill perfectly!

Dinner also includes fresh market fish and seafood selection.

Catering to both meat eaters and vegetarians, a range of meal types are on offer including meat for the outdoor grill consisting of Cardrona lamb, spiced chicken, shoulder of pork, local Zamora sausages and Southland beef, along with a veggie-based fare with a selection of fresh salads, roast vegetables and a vegetarian dish of the day. You will also be delighted in a selection of desserts including chocolate mousse, cakes, ice-cream, fruit and cheese platters. Once you've eaten your fill, you'll have ample time to join in a walking tour of the farmland and view the farm animals in their fields and paddocks while exploring the extensive lakeside gardens that cover the area. A deliciously wholesome day in this lovely region near Queenstown!


  • Return scenic cruise from Queenstown aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Delicious gourmet BBQ Buffet at the Colonel's Homestead
  • Guided walking tour of the farmyard
  • Feed sheep, deer and alpacas


  • Return cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Explore the vessel and view the engine room of the iconic-century old steamship
  • Expert commentary from the Captain
  • Guided tours of the vessel are available
  • Food and drinks available from the onboard cafe and licensed bar
  • Gourmet BBQ buffet at the Colonel's Homestead
  • Join the included guided walking tour of the farm and feed sheep, deer and alpacas
  • Demonstrations of sheep dogs working the stock
  • After the farmyard tour there is time for shopping at the souvenir shop


  • Tours depart from the Earnslaw Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown daily all year round (excluding survey period)
  • Please ensure you check-in at least 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Parking in Summer months can be challenging, please ensure you allow ample time to park your car and check in for your departure
  • All vouchers must be exchanged for boarding passes prior to boarding

Sample Menu

BBQ Lunch Menu

  • Bread rolls
  • Fresh salads
  • Vegetarian tart
  • Herb-crusted butternut squash
  • Buttered potatoes and other seasonal vegetables
  • Outdoor grill consisting of spiced chicken, shoulder of pork, Cardona lamb, local Zamora sausage and Southland beed
  • Selection of desserts
  • New Zealand cheese board
  • Freshly brewed coffee and tea
  • The BBQ is adapted to suit the differing nationalities by the Walter Peak chef i.e. accompanying baked potatoes, Asian vegetables, noodles, or rice option

BBQ Dinner

  • All of the above, PLUS fresh market fish and a wide selection of Seafood
  • Additional dessert options

Please note This menu is indicative and subject to change

What To Bring

  • Non-slip shoes/boots
  • Warm clothing/jacket
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Camera

Additional Information

  • Suitable for all ages
  • On Christmas Day (25th December), the BBQ Lunch option will be replaced with a special Christmas menu and a glass of sparkling wine with a midday departure only. There is no farm demonstration on this day

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Emmanuel Anei 4 years ago
On Tuesday my partner and I boarded the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Farm, once we there we got a warm welcome and took us around the farm after we had an amazing BBQ lunch and the views were something else. We definitely had a great day and there’s no problem for us not doing it again.
On Tuesday my partner and I boarded the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Farm

On Tuesday my partner and I boarded the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Farm, once we there we got a warm welcome and took us around the farm after we had an amazing BBQ lunch and the views were something else. We definitely had a great day and there’s no problem for us not doing it again.

Emmanuel Anei 4 years ago
Bost was great

Bost was great, I'd been meaning to take this trip on my last couple of visits. We love being on the water and the old steamer is something special. The farm tour was fun, probably the only disappointment was the lunch venue. The advertising indicated alfresco dining with views back to Queenstown. Had we known the outdoor area was being renovated, we would have given the lunch a miss.. it was nice food, but there are plenty of other options in this part of the world. I'd check with operators before including dining, that the venue is open and the experience is available.

Richard Starr 4 years ago
All 10 of us had a great time thank you

All 10 of us had a great time thank you. Your counter staff at the Queenstown Office were extremely efficient and courteous. The professional waiting staff at Walter Peak (Chloe and Jeff) and our own wonderful antique table inside absolutely made the BBQ experience. With all those people on the 10 am boat the staff at Walter Peak made us feel special..difficult sometimes when there are so many people. I do think though that an Asian/Chinese interpreter around the food queues for the BBQ would be most helpful as the constant almost frenzied pushing in, particularly with elbows was unacceptable and could be controlled. Again thank you. We loved it.

Diane Rackham 5 years ago
My wife and I went to the Queenstown TSS Earnslaw steam ship to Walter Peak Farm for a sheep sheering demonstration

My wife and I went to the Queenstown TSS Earnslaw steam ship to Walter Peak Farm for a sheep sheering demonstration. We also had a magnificent gourmet BBQ lunch with was absolutely truly delightful, I would definitely do this all again.

David 7 years ago
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Emilie Real Journeys

A trip to Queenstown is not complete without a beautiful lake cruise on board this vintage steamship - the only one of her kind in the Southern Hemisphere. This trip will take you away from the hustle & bustle of Queenstown to admire the region's beauty..

Experience the elegance of early 20th century sea travel with these great cruise options, Queenstown's iconic vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Also disembark for a number of available adventures on the other side including a farm or Mavora!
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