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  • 4 Hour Dinner Cruise
  • Delicious BBQ dinner
  • Seafood, meat, vegetarian available
  • Fully licensed bar on board

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Walter Peak Evening Dining Cruise

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Add even more enjoyment to your TSS Earnslaw Cruise / Walter Peak High Country Farm experience be taking part in this evening cruise that follows up the charming journey across the water with a delicious evening of dining at the Colonel's Homestead. A choice of two different dinner options ensuring there is a meal that suits all comers are available - vegetarians included! Take your pick from two delectable choices - a BBQ Dinner consisting of a range of traditional NZ cuisine with soup, seafood, roast meat, roasted and steamed vegetables with salad plus a selection of homemade desserts and freshly brewed tea and coffee, or a Homestead Roast option with a choice of either delicious roast beef or lamb (or the vegetarian dish of the day) accompanied by garden-fresh vegetables. The meal is capped off with a delicious desert and freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Once you've finished dinner, you'll be able to witness an entertaining farm demonstration that offers a window into authentic high country farming life. Re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a return cruise to enjoy a drink in the saloon, a sing along with the ship's pianist, or a stroll on the moonlit decks as you soak in the magical views of the lights of Queenstown.

Inclusions

  • Return Scenic Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • A farm demonstration with sheep shearing and working farm dogs
  • Delicious gourmet BBQ dinner prepared in front of you on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie
  • Interpretation handouts: English, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, and Chinese

Highlights

  • Passengers are welcomed and escorted through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead where they are seated for dinner
  • The resident pianist provides background music and on colder nights open fires create a cosy atmosphere
  • A range of wine and other beverages are available for purchase from the bar
  • Following the meal, visitors have the option of a brief farm show or relaxing in the bar before returning on board the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown
  • A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw's sing-along around the piano on the return journey

Gourmet BBQ Dinner Menu

Fresh breads baked daily onsite; antipasto selection; fresh salads including baby spinach salad, quinoa salad, beetroot salad and garden fresh green salads, herb crusted butternut squash, roast perla potatoes; seafood selection including smoked mackerel, home cured Stewart Island salmon and Cloudy Bay clams; an outdoor grill consisting of spiced chicken, slow roast pork, Cardrona lamb leg, Southland beef, sardines, market fish, all with a selection of condiments; dessert selection including crème brulée, white chocolate panna cotta, sticky date pudding, chocolate mousse, apple and rhubarb crumble, fresh fruit, local cheeses and baked slices. Freshly brewed tea and coffee is included.

Bar Facilities

Full bar services operate on board the TSS Earnslaw as it cruises to and from Walter Peak and in the Colonel’s Homestead

Departure Point

Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

Schedule

  • Operates daily from August to May
  • Departs at 6.00pm and returns at 10.00pm
  • The TTS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise will not be operating from 2 June - 8 July due to maintenance

Additional Information

  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • Please note that between 28 June - 30 September a minimum of 20 adults will be required to operate this excursion. Should the numbers not be reached, you will be able to move to another day or alternatively a refund offered
  • Christmas Day - The Gourmet BBQ Dinner will be replaced with a special Christmas menu and glass of champagne on 25 December 2015 with an 18:00 departure only. There is no farm demonstration on this day

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Valerie 3 years ago My whole experience with Walter Peak has been extremely positive. The booking process online and the collection of the tickets prior to boarding was easy. The cruise on the 'TSS Earnslaw' was beautiful and a wonderful opportunity to see how this grand old ship is powered. On arrival at the sheep station we were greeted warmly and our group of ten adults escorted to our table. So organized and able to cope with the huge crowd! The service was exceptional, friendly and efficient. Although a buffet is not my usual choice of dining style, it was amazing with excellent quality and variety presented. Obviously the process of allowing a large number of guests to be served has been refined to allow for efficiency and comfort as one didn't ever need to join a long queue. The buffet showcased New Zealand dishes and produce and was delicious. Next we were escorted outside for the sheep and cattle dog demonstration which was fun, entertaining and informative. An excellent presentation. The trip back to Queenstown was a wonderful way to round off a fabulous experience.
My whole experience with Walter Peak has been extremely positive
Valerie 3 years ago

My whole experience with Walter Peak has been extremely positive. The booking process online and the collection of the tickets prior to boarding was easy. The cruise on the 'TSS Earnslaw' was beautiful and a wonderful opportunity to see how this grand old ship is powered. On arrival at the sheep station we were greeted warmly and our group of ten adults escorted to our table. So organized and able to cope with the huge crowd! The service was exceptional, friendly and efficient. Although a buffet is not my usual choice of dining style, it was amazing with excellent quality and variety presented. Obviously the process of allowing a large number of guests to be served has been refined to allow for efficiency and comfort as one didn't ever need to join a long queue. The buffet showcased New Zealand dishes and produce and was delicious. Next we were escorted outside for the sheep and cattle dog demonstration which was fun, entertaining and informative. An excellent presentation. The trip back to Queenstown was a wonderful way to round off a fabulous experience.

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David Heslop 4 years ago

My wife, our granddaughter (aged 17) and I went on the Dinner Cruise and Buffet Dinner to Walter Peak on New Year's Eve. I cannot speak too highly of our experiences throughout the evening. We were particularly impressed with the organisation behind the buffet dinner because our table for three was reserved with our name on a card so we did not have to rush, on a "first in, best dressed" basis, and tables were then staggered to go to the buffet, so we were able to proceed with decorum and the staff always had time for replenishment, as needed. On a value for money basis, I think it is exceptional. We also just love the ship - it is an education is itself just to travel over the lake on the TSS Earnslaw.

The dinner was excellent and the cruise and sing along on the return trip quite enjoyable
Maryanne Lobo 4 years ago

The dinner was excellent and the cruise and sing along on the return trip quite enjoyable. The sheep shearing was a bit if farce as the sheep got the better of the shearer. Perhaps he is getting a little old for the job.

The evening was absolutely fantastic
Theo & Michelle Van Horen 5 years ago

The evening was absolutely fantastic. The choices we were allowed to make from the different and wide variety of food was fantastic, you were allowed to fill your plate as many times as you wanted. The staff were curtious and very friendly and go out of there way to help. A quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Very professional. The closing event within the shearing shed was very enjoyable and made the evening well worth doing again.

Cruise is well worth it and a highlight of our trip to NZ
Jan 5 years ago

Cruise is well worth it and a highlight of our trip to NZ. Homestead and gardens magnificent. Beautiful food, plenty of it and very well organised and run. Only criticism would be to deliver the drinks a bit earlier after taking order. Boat trip back was most enjoyable with the singalong.

An enjoyable cruise up the lake followed by an excellent buffet
Dave Bullock 5 years ago

An enjoyable cruise up the lake followed by an excellent buffet. The food was delicious and plenty of it. Enjoyed the sheep shearing display and the dogs rounding up the sheep afterwards and the presenter was excellent. Joined in the sing song at the back of the boat next to the piano on the return journey. This was something I have not experienced elsewhere.

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TSS Earnslaw Real Journeys

Founded in the Fiordland region in the 1950's, RealJourneys has grown to become one of New Zealand's largest tour companies and has been awarded “Operator of the Year” by the Tourism Export Council (NZ) more times than any other company..

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