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TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

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Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch

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Depart Queenstown aboard the TSS ‘Earnslaw’ for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. Enjoy chef-prepared Central Otago specialties accompanied by salads, desserts, and local cheeses. Don’t miss the sheep shearing demonstration or showmanship by the farm’s sheepdogs.
  • Half-day trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm from Queenstown
  • Cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Be charmed by sheep herding and shearing demos
  • Feast on a BBQ lunch prepared by the farm chef
  • Enjoy specialty meats, cheeses, salads and desserts
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Gourmet BBQ Lunch
Farm Show
Live English commentary on board as well as interpretation handouts in English, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to Real Journeys Visitor Centre on Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown Bay

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Menu items are subject to change based on chef's discretion and seasonal availability.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch.

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Traveler Tips

  • "The bbq lunch is great with a variety of meats, vegetables and even have dessert table for the sweet tooth." See review
  • "The entire trip was very well organized and both kids and adults will love being able to see the twin steam engines power the TSS Earnslaw." See review
  • "We would highly recommend the the trip and gourmet BBQ lunch." See review


238 Reviews

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Made my day!
, Jan 2022
Food was beautiful! Got to see the farm dogs and their puppies and got to feed the animals as well 10/10
Amazing trip!
, Jan 2022
Amazing trip, superb buffet Lunch and farm show. Views you’ll never forget for all ages. Highly recommend.
Beautiful experience
, Jan 2022
The lake cruise gave us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sceneries in Queenstown. The farm was magnificent. The food was excellent - one of the best buffets in NZ. Over-all, we enjoyed the whole experience. However, there are a few things that can be improved to make the experience even better: 1) if the speaker system can be further improved so passengers can better understand the announcements; 2) reminding passengers on what are allowed, not allowed; and 3) if alcoholic drinks (e.g. wine) are not served aboard ship (I noticed that passengers who drink these beverages become noisier and engage in risky behaviour (talking loudly & laughing without face coverings - spraying aerosol all around the place!)
Wonderful cruise
, Jan 2022
It was a wonderful experience. We loved it. We couldn't find a car park and they called us to make sure that we're on our way. We jumped in the cruise just in time! the lady who was checking that everyone is there was very nice with us and also, The singer was so friendly and lovely. The food was delicious. We really enjoyed yesterday. The scenery was amazing! I'll definitely recommend it to everyone.
The cruise, lunch, wine...
, Jan 2022
The cruise, lunch, wine and beautiful views. Money well spent and would definitely do it again. Thankyou for a lovely day out
, Jan 2022
The visit to Walter Peak was great! The gourmet lunch was superb. All the staff very friendly and the wonderful working dogs as well. Lovely trip on the Earnslaw.
The food was absolutely...
, Jan 2022
The food was absolutely amazing from salads, cooked veges, meat and puddings. The meat was so tender and succulent. Best buffet I have ever had. Staff on boat were really friendly and muffins were good.
Didn't disappoint at all
, Jan 2022
It was a totally enjoyable experience for all 6 of us including my sister and brother in law as well. The food were all fresh, yummy and the variety of choices were all very well thought of. The farm show with the sheep dogs were informative and have learned from it. Photos with some animals were enjoyed by my "not so young children" 😀. The cruise was quite relaxing too. Overall experience was great and would recommend.
, Jan 2022
A must experience for family and friends. We enjoyed the food, scenery, and animal encounter. Worth the price! No waste for money and time spent.
lesson learned
, Dec 2021
Colonel's homestead buffet is a must-do! loved the sausages,pork crackling,carrots with agrodolce sauce.ambiance was is really good for photos! steamship was amazing on its own.the staff are really nice.almost missed our lunch buffet because of photo-op,staff and skipper were soooo kind returned steamship on dock.lesson learned!

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