Queenstown Scenic Cruise | Walter Peak farm & BBQ Lunch

Queenstown Scenic Cruise | Walter Peak farm & BBQ Lunch

A return scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Full bar services operate on board the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak and in the Colonel’s Homestead.

Following the 40 minute cruise from Queenstown, disembark at Walter Peak for a BBQ lunch. The BBQ is cooked on the terrace in front of the Colonel’s Homestead overlooking Lake Wakatipu and is then served either on the terrace, or when the weather is not suitable, inside the Colonel’s Homestead.

Before or after the BBQ, visitors may wander amongst the farm animals (sheep, red deer, alpacas, Scottish Highland cattle) and join in the farmyard walking tour, which includes sheep dog handling and sheep shearing demonstrations.

There is also plenty of opportunity to relax in the lakeside gardens. Souvenir shopping is available at Walter Peak from the ‘Woolshed’ before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. Suitable for all ages.

The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey early June – mid July each year (subject to change). During this period a launch will be substituted for the TSS Earnslaw.

BBQ Lunch

Bread rolls, steamed fish served on rice with sweet chilli sauce, beef steaks, pork and parsley sausages, grilled lamb chops with mint sauce, honey ginger marinated pork spare ribs, grilled chicken drumsticks with honey and soy sauce, vegetarian special of the day, baked jacket potatoes, garden fresh salads, fresh fruit salad and cream, 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 (plus special condiments).

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
From (NZD) $105 per person
Duration: 3 1/2 Hour
Tour Code: RJ504


Cruise on the 1912 coal fired vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.
BBQ Lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead, Walter Peak
English commentary is provided by the skipper and farm demonstrator. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily.
  • Departure Point: Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
  • Departure Time: 10.00am & 12.00pm
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes* (approximately)
  • Return Details: 13:30pm or 15:30pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (0-4 years years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera

Important Information

  • The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey 02 June 2018 – 08 July 2018 and during this period a launch will be substituted for the TSS Earnslaw
  • The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey 16 May 2019 – 21 July 2019 and during this period a launch will be substituted for the TSS Earnslaw
  • Morning passengers may choose to stay on at Walter Peak & connect with the next TSS Earnslaw sailing to Queenstown (2 hours later)
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

Tourism Affiliations

Tourism Industry MemberQualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver


There are 15 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Enjoyed the whole trip. The steamship was a good experience...love the sing-a-long. The BBQ lunch was delicious. Interesting farm tour.
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A fantastic trip across the lake in that wonderful old Steamship and then an absolutely superb BBQ lunch! A very pleasant day out and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Queenstown.
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Great tour with the best gourmet lunch. Would highly recommend to everyone.
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The tour was excellent the food was 10 out of 10. Will recommend to friends and relatives.
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Wonderful trip on ship, beautiful homestead at Walter Peak. Amazing lunch. Highly recommend to everyone. Thank You
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Lovely venue, gorgeous gardens and excellent BBQ lunch - perhaps more information at lunch regarding where the farm show is held. We wandered about not really sure where to go. Otherwise excellent. We would recommend to friends etc.
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Loved our Luncheon tour (especially the lamb), and we were all impressed with the very special dogs, they are so clever.
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BBQ lunch was fantastic but schedule was too rushed. Did not have much time to explore the farm after lunch as we had to catch the return cruise ride back to Queenstown.
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We were so disappointed with this tour, this was the one activity my grandchildren wanted to do the most from 18 tours we had organised for our trip (eg. The Cadbury chocolate tour, the glow worm cave tour, the gondola and luge and the Shotover jet boat ride to mention a few). We arrived to join a huge queue on the wharf at Queenstown and once on the steamboat could not get a seat after wandering around aimlessly. There were far too many people at the BBQ lunch and we were told we had to wait to be called up for the buffet. We had two starving children (7 & 9) and were one of the last tables to be called up. We tackled the crowds to feed the kids. Surely people with kids should be called up first. By the time we plated up, everything had been picked over and the kids had bearly a meal. After seeing to the kids I ventured up to find only the leftovers which looked most unappetising and the people that had been called up first were on their second round. After a traumatic lunch, we ventured onto the farm show which was so crowded my grandchildren couldn't see a thing as people continued to stand in front of them. I politely asked a few of them if they could let my grandkids see but they ignored me, so my Grandkids had to listen to the guy conducting the show without actually seeing what he was doing so they missed out on the sheep shearing which was the one thing they wanted to see. We couldn't wait to get back on the boat and get out of there and once again we battled the crowds for a seat. We ended up sitting outside at the back of the boat on what appeared to be the anchor ropes. For a much anticipated tour, it turned out to be our worst experience in NZ. With much regret.
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The whole family had a great time on this NZ tour (cruise). We enjoyed the scenery and the food BBQ was excellent. The staff demonstrated good customer service. We'll recommend it to the rest of our families in Australia. Thanks.
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The trip on the Earnslaw was delightful, the brief tour at Walter Peak farm excellent and the lunch at the homestead was wonderful. We would certainly recommend the tour, including the meal option, and would love to do it again but next time in the evening so as to experience the dinner option. If in Queenstown it is something you must do.
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This is the best thing that we had ever seen. The cruise and BBQ lunch was a must see and do for a tour of NZ. Scenery was excellent and staff were wonderful. Knowledge of the tour was most exciting. Children will love this. My daughter 6 years got enjoyment out of the whole day. Thank-you Relaxing Journeys and thank you to Sally for looking after us.
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The beautiful autumn colors and lakeside scenery at Walter's Peak made this trip my most enjoyable of my recent holiday in New Zealand. The cruise on the TSS Enslaw leading to Walter's Peak was very enjoyable and scenic. Lunch was delicious. If you enjoy a BBQ, get the BBQ lunch as well as the cruise. ...The sheep sheering show and sheep dog demonstration was very interesting too. A must see, if you have never experienced it. While walking along the shores of Lake Wakatipu made for great scenic photographs, remember to pack a small bottle of insect repellent. Sand flies can be annoying and a real itchy problem if you are unprepared (they are seasonal, and attracted to dark colors, especially if you wear black)!
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Our group really enjoyed the trip. Lovely lunch, fun farm show and lovely boat ride.
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Beautiful cruise up the lake on a superb day. Just the right length for the farm show presented by a real farmer & gorgeous dogs. I was anticipating an average BBQ lunch, but was so surprised by a gourmet layout. Fresh salads, tender selection of meats, over the top desserts & even very good coffee. A slow wander around the beautiful homestead grounds & lakeside road was the icing on the cake. Not a better attraction in Queenstown (Nature excepted).
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