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TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

1. TSS Earnslaw: Queenstown Cruise & Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ

This half-day activity begins and concludes with a 45-minute cruise across Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. Spend a few hours enjoying the culinary delights at Walter Peak High Country Station, including an entertaining farm demonstration the whole family will enjoy. Feel free to take advantage of the extensive lay-out of this incredible steamship – she is a floating museum of her own history, and you are more than welcome to enter the engine room where you can watch our hardy coal-stokers as they keep this beautiful lady of the lake gliding across the waters of Lake Wakatipu. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown’s incredible alpine scenery, the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in Central Otago. Its colonial architecture and sweeping grounds evoke the elegance of a bygone era. Spend your time wandering the award-winning gardens, or saying hello to the animals that call the station home. The BBQ Buffet includes salads, vegetables, and succulent local meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. There is a wide range of desserts on offer, including a vast array of fresh bread and cheese. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let the supplier know directly so we can safely accommodate your requests.

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

2. From Queenstown: Milford Sound Full-Day Trip by Bus & Boat

Take the hassle out of driving to Milford Sound and join a guided coach tour from Queenstown. Sit back, relax and enjoy magnificent scenery and informative commentary. Your experienced local coach driver will show you the best views along the Milford Road and connect you seamlessly with a 2-hour nature cruise. Travel in a spacious coach with USB charging ports. Marvel at the native rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and glacial lakes. Pause briefly in Te Anau before continuing along the spectacular alpine Milford Road. Admire incredible views at Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Knobbs Flat or Monkey Creek and pose for photos. Be wowed by the glaciar-carved Milford Sound as you approach the visitor terminal. Seize your cruise and lunch passes from the driver who’ll help you find your cruise departure gate.  Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran for a nature cruise along the fiord’s deep blue waters. Savor a freshly prepared picnic lunch. Marvel at the impressive natural landscape and keep a lookout for native wildlife like dolphins, seals and penguins. Be fascinated by live commentary from your skipper in the open wheelhouse. Get within touching distance of impressive glaciar-carved rock walls and feel the full force of the powerful 15,000-year-old Stirling Falls on your face. Awed and satisfied, rejoin your driver for the scenic return journey to Queenstown. 

Queenstown: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

3. Queenstown: 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Board the Spirit of Queenstown, a light-filled restaurant and bar which provides an intimate dinner setting with sweeping views. Aboard this boat, you'll glide across Queenstown Bay to the sheltered base of the iconic Cecil Peak. This onboard menu is designed by of chef in order to showcase southern delicacies, such as New Zealand beef and lamb. Fresh and seasonally-inspired vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free three-course set menus are also available. The menu will celebrate the locally-sourced produce, flavours, and relaxed style of shared platter dining that the southern region is renowned for. Relax in this newly refurbished restaurant and bar, which includes a welcoming and ambient atmosphere featuring full-height windows that provide plenty of light and incredible views. A wide range of world-class Central Otago wines from Mora vineyard and locally-crafted beer from Altitude brewery are also available for pairing.

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4.8 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Fantastic New Year's Eve activity, the cruise on the Earnslaw was good and the bbq buffet dinner at Walter Peak was absolutely spot on delicious : ) We were seated outside at a table with an umbrella for shade and the view back up the lake towards Queenstown was stunning!

The cruise ride is great and cool. The buffet dinner is excellent. The show is average but the scenery is nice. Overall still enjoyable.

Really interesting boat trip across the lake with a fabulous BBQ at Walter Peak. Beautiful gardens to walk round

This is definitely worth doing and you must try the BBQ Lunch. Food was amazing and the farm show was great too.

Everything about the day was great. The BBQ was absolutely fantastic and the staff were very friendly.