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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: Spirit of Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

3. Queenstown: Spirit of Queenstown Lake Wakatipu Scenic Cruise

Cruise farther and see more on this 1.5-hour Queenstown scenic cruise. Sit back, relax and enjoy spectacular views of the Remarkables, Bob’s Cove, Cecil Peak and Mt. Earnslaw from the comfort of the Spirit of Queenstown – an environmentally friendly and luxurious cruise boat. Take in panoramic views from the open top deck. Enjoy refreshments, snacks and lunch served in the café on board. Cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu as you enjoy entertaining commentary provided by the local skipper.

Queenstown: Ice Bar Crawl

4. Queenstown: Ice Bar Crawl

Begin the bar crawl at 9:00 PM in The London Bar. Benefit from drink discounts all night plus free entry into the Ice Bar later in the tour! Throughout the course of the night visit 5 of the best bars in Queenstown. Receive 5 free shots as well as free pizza. Take part in a variety of bar games with the opportunity to win some prizes! The night finishes in the last bar just after midnight but you can keep the party going for as long as you like!

Queenstown: Bar Crawl with 5 Free Shots and Pizza

5. Queenstown: Bar Crawl with 5 Free Shots and Pizza

Discover 5 of the best party bars Queenstown has to offer on this bar crawl tour. Delight in one free shot on entry to each bar and free pizza throughout the night. Meet your fellow crawlers and tour guides at The London at 9 PM. After a short time there, head onto the next bar where the party really starts. Enjoy the opportunity to win prizes from local activities by getting involved in the games that are playing during the night. Throughout your bar crawl, make the most of various drink discounts. The activity will finish in the last bar just after midnight — but the party keeps going for as long as you want it to!

Queenstown: Fear Factory Haunted House Admission Ticket

6. Queenstown: Fear Factory Haunted House Admission Ticket

Brave the terror that lies within the haunted hallways of the Old Lockhart Hotel. Make your way through the rooms packed with live actors and impressive special effects.  Be terrified with your group and see who can last the longest! If you decide you’ve had enough, scream ‘I Chicken Out’ and be added to the ever-growing Chicken Counter, which has more than 20,000 people listed.

Queenstown: Indoor Putt 'n' Glow Mini Golf

7. Queenstown: Indoor Putt 'n' Glow Mini Golf

Compete against friends or putt solo at this immersive and stimulating indoor mini-golf in Queenstown. There is no time limit so take your time and move at your own pace. Play as many rounds as you like. Have a tonne of fun on this multi-colored glow-in-the-dark course of 9 holes, boasting iconic Queenstown themes ranging from a tribute to the giant of Wakatipu Lake, Queenstown's alpine ski fields, and a big juicy burger. Get your glow on as you dress up in florescent attire, tackle obstacles including spinning challenges, and put your golfing skills to the test to become a mini-golf champion. Perfect for all ages and team-building events. Enjoy a small escape challenge at the end of the course to test your mind.

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4.3 / 5

based on 6 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