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The Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel’s Homestead

The TSS Earnslaw, known as the “Lady of the Lake,” is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's HomesteadNamed after Mount Earnslaw (the highest peak in the region), she is 168 feet in length, 24 feet across the beam and weighs 330 tons.

Originally built in Dunedin, the TSS Earnslaw was dismantled and transported by rail to Kingston at Lake Wakatipu’s southern tip for reassembly and launching.

She now makes several trips daily across the lake, transporting guests from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead
Walter Peak High Country Farm (Queenstown, NZ)

This historic settlement still functions as a ranch, and offers sheep herding and shearing demonstrations. Traditional morning or afternoon tea are served at the Colonel’s Homestead, where guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens and a view of the lake before returning by ship to Queenstown.Anything is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's HomesteadAnything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's HomesteadFrom my journal:

The trip to Walter Peak Sheep and Cattle Station via TSS Earnslaw was absolutely delightful! 

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead
(Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman, Friedman Fotography, Davis, CA)

The voyage lasted about 30 minutes, affording some stunning views (and photos) of the Remarkables and the surrounding peaks and mountains.Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead Once we arrived at the Homestead, we were given a tour of this working station [farm], fed the red deer, Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homesteadsaw Highland cattle,Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homesteadand watched the Border Collie herd the sheep.Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead
Herders-in-training!

We also had a demonstration of sheep shearing,

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead
Before, and …
Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead
… after.

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homesteada tour of the beautiful homestead gardens,

Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead and we were served afternoon tea, which included cinnamon bread, cheese bread, cream-topped mini pancakes, and tea or coffee.Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's HomesteadThe whole experience was absolutely delightful, including the sing-along on the way back to Queenstown!Anything Is Possible Travel - Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel's Homestead

Wheelchair accessibility

The TSS Earnslaw is mostly wheelchair-accessible, although the engine-room is only reachable by stairs. The ship’s ramp allows guests to disembark and then reboard. Walter Peak High Country Farm has accessible walkways throughout.

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, photographer, wedding officiant, blogger. Mother, friend, explorer ... that's just a little about me!

2 replies on “The Lady of the Lake, and Tea at the Colonel’s Homestead”

You are correct; Queenstown is one of many magical places in New Zealand!

I did not buy a wool sweater, but I did purchase a few skeins of merino wool yarn for Carrieanna to use in her knitting. I also purchased a lovely pair of gloves made of a blend of merlino and possum, a combination that is supposed to keep hands very warm!

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