We booked a last minute ticket across the lake on the TSS Earnslaw Steam Engine to Walter Peak farm where we would ride the Electric Trail Bikes. The bikes are a brand new product and only a small handful of people have gone on them so far.
The boat ride took about 30-45 minutes and was smooth as anything.
On arrival we were greeted by a really friendly kiwi girl who would be our tour guide. She was both instructive and personable. We rode for about 1.5 hours through the several paddocks to get to top speed. These electric bikes are surprisingly fast and when cranked right up can get you to 45km/h.
Towards the end of the ride we rode up large hill where we got to take the most extraordinary photos. Then we hooned down the hill back to the farm house where we ate fruit salad and biscuits whilst drinking lemon ice tea. Sounds lame but it was actually pretty cool. After that we walked around the beautiful farm house rose garden while we waited for the TSS Earnslaw to pick us back up and take us back to Queenstown.
All-in-all we had a wicked time. There's a few different tours and activities you can do at the Walter Peak farm, most of are family oriented, so if you're anything like Taryn and I (adventurous) then get on the bikes!!
After a ferry ride, we were met by Matt who had our bikes loaded and ready. The ride distance was optional in length and effort. The views were magnificent! The after the ride tea and crumpets was a class act! Highly recommend.
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
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What is the weather like in Queenstown?
Queenstown has a climate with four distinct seasons however, being located in an alpine environment means the weather can be changeable. A guide for the temperatures you can expect is as follows: summer (December-February) 19-29 Celsius,autumn (March-May) 15-25 Celsius, winter (June-August) 5-10 Celsius, spring (September-November) 9-15 Celsius.
Where is the car parking in Queenstown?
Please allow an additional 30 minutes to find parking for your vehicle prior to your check in time.
There is limited free street parking available in the streets surrounding central Queenstown. There is paid parking available in the Man Street and Church Street parking buildings plus pay and display parking at the Boundary Street and Ballarat Street carparks.
Boundary Street and Ballarat Street carparks are suitable for motorhomes. Please allow 15 minutes to walk to the Real Journeys office from there.
How long does it take the TSS Earnslaw to get to Walter Peak High Country Farm?
The scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak takes 45 minutes and it takes in views of Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and the Remarkable Range plus panaromic views around Lake Wakatipu.
How long does it take to travel to Queenstown?
From Christchurch to Queenstown by car takes around 7 hrs 15 mins. For more information refer to our Driving Times webpage.
Does the TSS Earnslaw operate every day?
The TSS Earnslaw is scheduled to operate every day of the year (except when she undergoes annual maintenance). This is currently planned for mid May 2017 - late June 2017 and during this period travel to/from Walter Peak is by launch. Walter Peak Independent Cycling does NOT operate during this time.
What happens if there is an emergency ?
Our staff are trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency you should listen to their instructions. We have a portable defibrillator on board each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer and Fiordland Navigator). In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations: • Milford Sound Visitor Terminal • Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri • Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves) • Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak • TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship • Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff).
Online transactions/prices are conducted in what currency?
All prices and transactions on the Real Journeys website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.