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.
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ buffet meal and a farm demonstration in a stunning lakeside setting.
Gourmet barbecue lunch or dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant
Enjoy lakeside dining at Walter Peak High Country Farm, away from the bustle of Queenstown
Includes the return scenic cruise on board the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship
Be entertained by the farm demonstration, and see the farm dogs at work
Duration: 3 hours 30 mins - 4 hours
For a dining experience like no other, cruise across Lake Whakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw and discover Queenstown’s incomparable fine dining destination.
Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across 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
Enjoy the freshly made gourmet buffet BBQ lunch at Colonel's Homestead - view our sample menu*
Watch the farm demonstration or explore the beautiful gardens
Includes return cruise on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to/from Walter Peak High Country Farm
Note: Menu items are subject to change based on the chef's discretion and seasonal availability
Licensed bar and café on board the TSS Earnslaw
Suitable for all ages
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