A lovely night. Dinner was delicious & plentiful, the working dog show great, with a lovely cruise over & back with a merry singalong. Thanks for a lovely night.
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For a dining experience like no other, cruise across Lake Whakatipu and discover Queenstown’s incomparable fine dining destination.
Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill.
Overlooking Lake Whakatipu and Queenstown's alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era.
Our lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef. They’ve enhanced the seasonal menu with new salads, vegetables and a variety of succulent meats cooked on the wood-fired BBQ. We do not offer seafood for lunch, but vegetarian options are available and there are delectable desserts to make room for too.
An entertaining farm demonstration is also included or you can explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Things you should know
RealNZ Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown
If you have pre-purchased tickets, please meet us in front of the TSS Earnslaw, Steamer Wharf Dock.
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 RealNZ 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 100 years ago, 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.
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.
Amazing Experience10 August 2023
Global49599992172, Via TripAdvisorSuch a nice experience. The singer on the Earnslaw was amazing and interacted with the crowd. The views and the landscape at Walter Peak were gorgeous and the kai was delicious my whanau had such a great time we even enjoyed the show with the sheep and dogs. Thank you.
Fabulous barbecue lunch24 August 2023
The weather was brilliant for our trip and that made the views spectacular and the air temperature warmer. The trip over was great and on arrival at Walter Peak we were soon seated for a fabulous barbecue lunch. The organisation was great and the barbecue food well cooked. The desserts were beautifully presented and delicious. The trip back was lovely (observing the engine room was fascinating) and fortified by hot drinks.sueabc1 Via TripAdvisor
Really fun time. Loved this tour!29 March 2023
sherischrdr via Trip Advisor
Everything from the steamer and meal to the sheepdog presentation was really enjoyable. A lovely setting complete with a big waving welcome as we came ashore. The staff were all friendly and the organization went smoothly. The BBQ meal was delicious and there were many vegetarian options and even a dessert buffet with luscious sticky toffee pudding. Really fun time. Loved this tour!
Highly recommended!!!17 July 2022
A must have experience while in Queenstown and a great piece of history in one. The boat ride is relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. The view of the lake with mountains around it helps to feel one with nature. The steam engine which you can see, feel and experience brings the history to life. The farm and dog show brings you closer to New Zealand spirit and shows you what you may never see especially for city people. And for dessert they have a great option for an afternoon tea with a delicious selection of treats and drinks. Returning from this trip always feels surreal.Andrey K, Via Google
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.
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 RealNZ office from there.
The scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak takes 45 minutes and it takes in views of Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and the Remarkables mountain range plus panoramic views around Lake Whakatipu.
Queenstown is around a 2.5 hour drive from Te Anau or around 1hr 15 minutes from Wanaka. For more travel locations please refer to our Driving Times webpage.