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  • Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dining
    Walter Peak, Queenstown
  • Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner
    Walter Peak, Queenstown
  • Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dining
    Walter Peak, Queenstown

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner

Steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history, your experience starts with a Lake Wakatipu cruise in the 105 year old steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Then disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, one of the first farms set up in the region.

Relaxing in the charming ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, the heart of the stately homestead at Walter Peak, you’ll enjoy gourmet dining prepared by our chef in front of you.

You can choose from 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.

After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. 

The night-time cruise home is magical. Sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist or simply breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Things you should know

  • Includes freshly made gourmet BBQ buffet dinner- view our sample menu*
  • Be entertained with our farm demonstration 
  • Includes return cruise on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to/from Walter Peak High Country Farm

*Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.

Extra information

  • There’s a licensed cafe on board the TSS Earnslaw
  • Our cruise and dinner is suitable for all ages. 
  • Please note: The TSS Earnslaw undergoes annual maintenance between May and June 2018. During this time, you will travel by smaller motorised boat. These departures are dependent on sufficient bookings. Please provide your contact details in the event of a cancellation and reconfirm 48 hours prior to departure.

Departure Location

Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown Bay


What to bring

  • Non slip shoes
  • Warm clothing/jacket
  • Camera

TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, 1912


About the TSS Earnslaw

The TSS Earnslaw is an integral part of Queenstown’s pioneering history and to this day a Queenstown icon. 

She was commissioned by New Zealand Railways to service the communities around Lake Wakatipu. Launched in the same year as the Titanic, the TSS Earnslaw’s maiden voyage was on 18 October 1912. 

Soon known as The Lady of the Lake, she provided an essential link between the isolated farming communities along the lake and the outside world.  At 48 metres long, she was the biggest boat on the Lake and carried passengers, sheep, cattle, mail and supplies. 

 

Nearly scrapped in 1968, she was rescued and purchased by Real Journeys and put to work once again carrying passengers around the Lake. Since then the TSS Earnslaw has been painstakingly restored to its original condition – everything you see is pretty much like it was a 100 years ago. Today, the TSS Earnslaw is the only coal fired steamship in operation in the southern hemisphere, making her one of the most unique experiences in the world.  

The TSS Earnslaw has featured in several movies including a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Amazon River Boat. Parts of the trawler SS Venture in Peter Jackson’s King Kong were inspired by the TSS Earnslaw. Famous composer Ron Goodwin composed a piece of music inspired by the rhythm of the TSS Earnslaw’s engines.

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About Walter Peak High Country Farm

Walter Peak High Country Farm

Walter Peak High Country Farm, on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu, is steeped in history. Its sheltered bays were used as camping sites by Maori travelling to the Mararoa and Oreti Rivers on Moa hunting and pounamu (greenstone) gathering expeditions.

European settlement commenced in the 1860s with initial farming attempts by Von Tunzelman. Stock deaths, snowstorms and lack of money eventually forced him off the land.

Following a quick succession of owners, Walter Peak Station was taken over in the late 1880s by the Mackenzies. This family is credited with developing many of the principles of successful high country farming during their 80 years working the property.

At its peak, the station was one of New Zealand’s most famous with 170,000 acres, 40,000 sheep and up to 50 fulltime employees. The original homestead block of Walter Peak Station is now known as Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Over time various permanent homes were established and these included the Colonel’s Homestead with its beautiful lakeside gardens. Originally built in 1902, it was carefully reconstructed in 1977 following an accidental fire.

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