A MUST DO in Queenstown11 August 2022
I love this trip! This was my third time and I would go again. The TSS Earnslaw is a beautiful vintage steamboat with an excellent cafe and bar. Visit the engine room and see them shoveling the coal. Walter Peak farm is in an idyllic situation, a magical place where time seems to stand still. The animal feeding is great fun (especially Dougal) and the sheepdog demonstration is very impressive. The dogs can be patted and stroked, and love the attention. The afternoon tea was very upmarket with beautiful little cakes, savoury and sweet scones and mini sandwiches. You can eat as much as you like! The staff at the farm are outstanding. Our guide Peter was so knowledgeable and interesting and clearly loves his job and his super intelligent dogs.JulieOO_13 Auckland, New Zealand, Via TripAdvisor
Brilliant trip over the lake19 September 2022
Brilliant trip, recommended by a family member and we booked the 2pm sailing from Queenstown. Oh my, what a total treat. Everything was perfect, from the Earnslaw itself (polished brass, very polite staff, the chance to watch the boiler being stoked plus good coffee and snacks) to the farm experience. The weather could have been better but we didn't care it was absolutely perfect for us all. The opportunity to meet and feed the farm animals, learn about their personalities, watch the dogs at work, chat with the guide then yummy high tea! Sadly not enough time to browse in the shop there, full of tempting goodies... But maybe my husband thought that was a good thing! Do go.melanie s Nelson, New Zealand, Via TripAdvisor
A must do for families in Queenstown!5 July 2022
A lovely boat ride to the farm where we were greeted by the farm dogs who put on a great show of their skills with sheep. Then off to the BEST buffet I’ve ever had!! Beautiful variety and all cooked superbly. Then a wander around the farm to feed the animals. All in all a wonderful day, can’t praise it enough!!Phillip W Brisbane, Australia, ViaTripAdvisor
Don’t hesitate, do it!7 August 2022
We did the cruise trip and Walters Peak Farm visit plus afternoon tea. Two adults and one 3 year old. 100% worth the time and money. Consider it a “must do”. The cruise was not busy and had a nice café/drink shop. Also a coal engine your could go down and watch (very interesting for kids and adults alike). We had an extremely friendly and knowledgeable local tour guide on the farm. Lots of animal feeding and a great sheepdog show. Nothing went on for too long to become boring. The afternoon tea was perfect; scones warm off the oven, best I have ever had. Don’t hesitate, do it!Aiat Shamsa, Via Google
Fabulous day out - not to be missed31 October 2022
What a fabulous way to spend time on beautiful Lake Whakaitipu. Just being on TSS Earnslaw and see how it has been kept in tip top condition was worth the trip. It was such a bonus to experience a beautiful barbecue lunch at Walter Peak Station - very delicious in the most amazing setting. We loved seeing the animals, beautiful gardens and sheep dog demonstration. A day we won't forget for a very long time.Jill H Melbourne, Australia, Via TripAdvisor
Great family day out3 September 2022
There aren’t too many family friendly things to do in Queenstown, so we booked the cruise & farm tour to do as a family with a young child. And it was even better than expected, with beautiful scenery across Lake Whakaitipu, a friendly and informative farm tour, including feeding the friendly animals. And a huge and delicious afternoon tea with cakes, scones, sandwiches and more!senorita08 Perth, Australia, Via TripAdvisor
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.
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.
The TSS Earnslaw is scheduled to operate every day of the year (except when she undergoes annual maintenance). During the survey, the TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Farm experiences will not be operating.
All prices and transactions on the RealNZ website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
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 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
• RealNZ 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)