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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: Lake Wakatipu TSS Earnslaw Cruise

2. From Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu TSS Earnslaw Cruise

Join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Admire spectacular alpine scenery and enjoy plenty of time to explore a piece of living history. Listen to engaging commentary from your experienced captain who will highlight points of interest throughout your cruise. Make your way to Steamer Wharf at Queenstown’s waterfront. Climb aboard the oldest working coal-fired passenger steamship in the southern hemisphere and feel free to explore. View the collection of historical photos in the small onboard museum and check out the skipper’s wheelhouse. Visit the engine room to feel the heat of the giant steam engines at work and see the stokers shovel coal into the glowing fireboxes. Soak in the dramatic mountain views surrounding Lake Wakatipu and relax at the cafe where you can enjoy a wine or beer and snacks are also available for purchase. 

Queenstown: Scenic Lake Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

3. Queenstown: Scenic Lake Cruise and Walter Peak Farm Tour

Get a taste of New Zealand's farming lifestyle in an interactive way with this combo tour in Queenstown. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride across Lake Wakatipu. Disembark at a traditional farm for a comprehensive tour of its facilities and some morning or afternoon tea. Start with a scenic cruise, crossing Lake Wakatipu toward Walter Peak High Country Farm. Explore the decks, visit the steam room, or chat with the captain in the wheelhouse. Take advantage of the onboard cafe to purchase a drink or two. Arrive at Walter Peak and join the host for a farmyard tour. Get up close to sheep, deer, and highland cattle. Help feed the animals, watch a farm demonstration, and explore the lakeside gardens. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea, including delicious scones and muffins.

Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

4. Queenstown: Milford Sound Flight and Cruise

Take flight a small luxury plane leaving Queenstown. Admire the awe-inspiring scenery from your very own window seat as you soar over Fiordland National Park, listening to the pilot's commentary. Landing at Milford Sound airport you will be escorted to the Cruise Terminal either by shuttle or 15 minute nature walk to meet your boat. Enjoy 2 hours of spectacular scenery and wildlife on the Gem of the Sound, learn all about the history of the area from the skipper as he skillfully pulls the boat underneath waterfalls and right up to the base of famous Mitre Peak. Your pilots will meet you off the cruise at the Terminal and take you back to the awaiting plane for your return to Queenstown. Your complimentary shuttle will drop you back to your hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the legendary dining scene.

Queenstown Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

5. Queenstown Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Discovery Tour

Embark on an adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action, and LOTR filming locations. Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen, and more.  After pick-up from your hotel, journey around the Wakatipu Basin to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies. Travel part way up Queenstown Hill for a bird's-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. From the viewpoint, head to Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath - 'Pillars of the Kings'. After Kawarau Gorge, travel to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring scene at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. Here you can indulge in a refreshing afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon for spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and into the Canyon.

Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

6. Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

Experience the breathtaking New Zealand landscape from the water on a cruise departing from Queenstown. Discover the beautiful shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by imposing hills and quaint towns. Sit back and relax as you navigate through this stunning scenery. Step aboard the spacious boat and take advantage of the indoor or outdoor seating to enjoy the ride as you wish. Come across wild trout, rare birds, willow islands, massive mountains, and some gorgeous homes while making your way across pristine transparent waters. Take in mind-blowing views of nature and make the most of your experience by purchasing a drink from the bar. Sip on a glass of wine, beer, or a soft drink as you move along.

Glenorchy Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Tour

7. Glenorchy Half-Day 4WD Lord Of the Rings Tour

If your main focus is to see as many Lord of the Rings locations as possible, then this is the tour for you! Head to Glenorchy on a scenic drive toward Paradise Valley, where Lord of the Rings and other movies were filmed. After pick-up from your hotel, set off on an adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery and Lord of the Rings filming locations. Journey from Queenstown to Glenorchy, stopping at breath-taking viewpoints for mountain and forest views along the shore of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley.  En route from Glenorchy, follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard, a location offering stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Head to Paradise discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and heading towards Queenstown, you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. You'll also visit gorgeous locations from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

From Queenstown: Half Day Trip to Glenorchy by Coach

8. From Queenstown: Half Day Trip to Glenorchy by Coach

Be enchanted by the natural beauty of Glenorchy on this day trip from Queenstown aboard a spacious coach. Dive into the sights that you see along the way with onboard commentary. Take in the sights at your own pace with some free time explore the town before returning to Queenstown.  Meet your guide in central Queenstown and settle into your comfortable seat aboard the climate-controlled coach. Admire breathtaking mountain peaks and verdant landscapes on the relaxing drive to Glenorchy.  Immerse yourself in local history and culture as you hear the incredible story of the Southern Lakes from Maori mythology to early pioneers to the region. On arrival in Glenorchy, have plenty of time for photos and to take in the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu. Spend around 1.5 hours of free time going on one of Glenorchy’s short walks, or visiting cafe’s and local pubs before returning to Queenstown in the early evening.

From Queenstown: VIP Drop & Hop Wine Tour

9. From Queenstown: VIP Drop & Hop Wine Tour

Discover some of the best wines in the world on a wine tour of Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley Area. Spend the day traveling in style to a range of wineries and breweries in a luxury Mercedes. From famous Pinot Noir to local beers, no trip to Queenstown is complete without visiting a winery. Meet your driver for the day at the Station Building, climb aboard your Mercedes, and decide where to head first. Take your time to explore the area at your own pace. Discover historic Arrowtown with your knowledgeable driver. Experience wine, beer, food, and more at a range of wineries. Choose from a range of destinations, including: Amisfield Winery Akarua Wines Historic Arrowtown Wet Jacket Wines AJ Hackett Bungy Gibbston Valley Winery Kinross Winery Gibbston Tavern & Rock Burn Wines Cargo Brewery and Wines Mt Rosa Winery Brennan Wines

Queenstown: Private 12D Movie Theater Ticket

10. Queenstown: Private 12D Movie Theater Ticket

Visit a modern 12D movie theater in Queenstown and become surrounded by outstanding immersive effects as you travel away to a fantasy world. Choose your favorite out of 80 available movies and put on your 3D glasses to get your private activity started. Step onto a special moving platform to experience an action-packed film in a unique way. Watch a 3D movie, combined with a powerful surround sound system and “active motion” seats, as well as 12 different effects, including fog, rain, bubbles, and even snow Choose from thrilling roller coasters, cyber races, haunted houses, alien adventures, or even take a visit to the land of the dinosaurs. Have the theater all to yourself and your group during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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4.9 / 5

based on 94 reviews

If you can afford to do this it is a fabulous evening out! Not cheap but certainly worth every cent. Generous buffet diner with local cuisine showcased. Boat ride on a beautiful day just the icing on the cake!

Excellent from beginning to end. All the staff boat and farm were wonderful. Cannot express how delighted my son and I were with the entire experience. Thank you Team Earnshall ☺️

A nice, relaxing day on the TSS Ernslaw. Helped that the weather was fantastic. My wife and I have said next time we will do the farm tour, or horse riding over at the farm.

Great trip Scenery and food excellent Reasonably priced Very busy but the buffet service was exceptionally well organised Staff very cheerful

Beautiful cruise followed by a delicious lunch and sheep shearing demonstration