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Millennium Hotel Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak 


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Experience unique dining by cruising Lake Whakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown's top dining spot, Walter Peak High Country Farm. At the lakeside Colonel's Homestead Restaurant, enjoy mouthwatering dishes crafted with local ingredients, all with stunning lake and alpine views. You can also enjoy an entertaining farm demonstration before heading back to Queenstown.

Dress code - Winter Smart

TSS Earnslaw

TSS Earnslaw 
The TSS Earnslaw, often referred to as "The Lady of the Lake," is a historic icon in Queenstown, New Zealand. Commissioned by New Zealand Railways to serve communities around Lake Wakatipu, it was launched in 1912, the same year as the Titanic. At 48 meters in length, it was the largest boat on the lake and played a crucial role in connecting isolated farming communities to the outside world, transporting passengers, livestock, mail, and supplies.

In 1968, the TSS Earnslaw faced the threat of being scrapped but was fortunately saved and acquired by RealNZ. It was put back into service, offering scenic passenger cruises around the lake. Over the years, it has undergone meticulous restoration, preserving its original charm. Today, the TSS Earnslaw remains one of the world's most unique historical experiences.

This iconic vessel has also made appearances in several movies, including a cameo in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as an Amazon River Boat. It served as inspiration for parts of the trawler SS Venture in Peter Jackson's "King Kong." Additionally, famous composer Ron Goodwin created music inspired by the rhythmic sounds of the TSS Earnslaw's engines.

Walter Peak High Country Farm
Walter Peak High Country Farm, located on Lake Wakatipu's western shores, has a rich history. It served as a campsite for Maori on Moa hunting and greenstone gathering expeditions. European settlement began in the 1860s with Von Tunzelman's initial farming efforts, but he faced challenges like stock deaths, snowstorms, and financial difficulties, leading to his departure.

In the late 1880s, the Mackenzie family took over Walter Peak Station, and they played a significant role in developing successful high country farming practices during their 80-year tenure. At its zenith, the station covered 170,000 acres, had 40,000 sheep, and employed up to 50 full-time workers. The original homestead block is now known as Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Permanent residences were gradually established, including the Colonel's Homestead with its beautiful lakeside gardens, originally built in 1902 and later reconstructed in 1977 after a fire.

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