Due to unscheduled maintenance between Blenheim and Picton, our train is unable to travel on a small section of the line while repairs take place. We are very pleased to advise that the Coastal Pacific service will go ahead as planned however a 25-minute portion of your journey, between Blenheim & Picton, will be replaced by Bus.
If you are starting your journey from Picton, you are able to check in at the train station as usual and will be advised by train staff on the location of our private bus transfer.
For those doing a day return from Christchurch, you will have your break time in Blenheim. The station is in the centre of town, so lots of time to explore.
This is a New Zealand farming tour like no other – a visit to the Walter Peak High Country Farm and the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing few hours enjoying the interactive experience.
Includes a scenic cruise on board the vintage TSS Earnslaw to the farm
A guided walking tour of the farmyard with our rural host
Demonstrations of the farming lifestyle
Morning or afternoon tea, freshly baked at the farm
There are daily departures for the farm tour
Duration: 3 hour 30 mins
Farming in the New Zealand high country is a way of life – and it’s one you can get up close to at Walter Peak.
Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s southwestern shores, Walter Peak High Country Farm is an idyllic place to spend a relaxing few hours. The farm tour itself is a wonderful, interactive experience, with something to keep everyone entertained and happy.
You will be greeted by our rural host upon disembarking the TSS Earnslaw, who will take you to the sheep shearing demonstration where you will watch the remarkable skill with which the farm dogs round up sheep from the paddocks.
You will have time for a walking tour of the farmyard, visiting the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then a stroll to the charming old wool shed
through the lakeside gardens before you re-board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back to Queenstown.Things you should know
Includes return cruise on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to/from Walter Peak High Country Farm
Includes a guided walking tour of the farmyard to view and feed sheep, deer, cattle, and alpacas
Demonstrations of sheep dogs working and sheep shearing
Enjoy morning or afternoon tea including scones, cakes, and slices freshly baked at the farm
There’s time to relax in the lakeside gardens, in the sunny courtyards, or peruse the gift shop for a memorable take-home souvenir
The tour is suitable for all ages – children love watching the dogs at work!
A licensed cafe on board the TSS Earnslaw provides great refreshments
Please note: The TSS Earnslaw is under maintenance for a short time period during winter each year (planned for early June - early July 2020). During this period travel to Walter Peak is by a smaller motorized boat (the lower price reflects this change).
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
What to bring
Personal medication including for asthma and allergies