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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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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 8 more


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
  • OPERATED BY Real Journeys
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 is the social distancing policy during TSS Earnslaw & BBQ Buffet Lunch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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


205 Reviews

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Amazing experience
, Oct 2021
We had an amazing experience, great crew, delicious bbq lunch and friendly staff. Watch the dog show!!
Awesome experience
, Oct 2021
Fantastic day out. The boat trip, food and service were amazing! Would recommend as a day out to anyone.
, Oct 2021
It was a wonderful experience. The boat ride followed by the magnificent meal following. The staff were wonderful
Magical and spectacular.
, Oct 2021
Everything. The beautiful ship, the food, the tourist guides, just magical. Well worth doing and great price for Everything. Definitely worth the money..
Dad's 80th
, Oct 2021
All the staff were wonderful the experience on the Earnslaw itself was amazing especially for my dad's 80th birthday present , he had a blast! Walter peak was stunning and lunch was delicious, topped off with a beautiful sunny day, it was a special memory that our family will never forget thank you
The lunch was. The view...
, Oct 2021
The lunch was. The view coming into the bay. Something to improve would be the speaker system - hard to hear at thr end closest to piano.
Cruising not eating
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed the cruise 🚢 But we were very disappointed with Our BBQ meat was tough and not much was on the plate we thought the price was a ripoff We should’ve eaten on the boat
Great trip
, Aug 2021
Great old historical boat. Great food at great location at Walter Peak. Farm dogs where amazing I would recommend doing the tyy try trip
Incredibly amazing experience on the Earnslaw cruise and Buffet lunch to die for, thank you!!
, Aug 2021
My whanau and I (all 5 of us) Absolutely enjoyed the Earnslaw cruise it was well organised and ran very smoothly. The buffet lunch was to die for - sumptuous meats, delicious salads & cheese board, plus breads, and finished off with a variety of luscious desserts. The whole trip and experience - Worth it from start to finish!!!
Amazing experience
, Jul 2021
We have been coming to Queenstown for years and thought a ride on the steamship was a bit cheesy. We were WRONG. Sitting relaxing with a glass of wine enjoying the scenery while we sailed gracefully over to the station for lunch. Thinking we would get maybe a sausage on the BBQ for lunch. A gourmet buffet lunch was served. Pork, beef, chicken, sausages etc salads, vegetables and a huge amount of various desserts and cheeses. We were amazed. Couldn’t recommend this trip highly enough. The scenery from over there looking back and the farm tour were added bonuses. Do it you won’t regret a minute of it

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