A summer in Walters Peak, Queenstown

Finding myself in the peaceful town of Queenstown during summer was indeed a great experience. Queenstown was said to be one of New Zealand’s pride with the scenic Lord of The Rings country and mountain views plus a bunch of adventure activities that will let you feel your adrenaline rush.

around the pier area

That morning we weren’t going for an extreme adventure but instead we were getting ourselves to a sheep farm to enjoy some peaceful scenery at Walter’s Peak. Rushing to the pier just to know that we just missed the ferry ride upon arriving at the pier wasn’t a great start of the day though. There goes our chance to jump aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Walter’s Peak High Country Farm is located on the other side of Lake Wakatipu and would take about 40 minutes to get there by ferry. Going by car would take a few more hours than that due to the fact that you need to drive across mountainous roads so the best bet would be traveling through the lake.

our water taxi

on the way to the farm

lake view

Lucky us there was this one water taxi at the nearby pier and it seems that renting the boat would be somewhat cheaper than buying the ferry tickets for the 8 of us. The journey via the speed boat cuts the journey time by half compared to the ferry. My cousin was also given a chance to guide the boat during the voyage and apparently we arrived at Walter’s Peak earlier than the ferry. At least some nice facts to cover the disappointments for not being able to get on board the old steamship.

we overtook the TSS Earnslaw on the way

Walters Peak Farm

the farm house

At Walter’s Peak, again the panoramic view was incredible. We were flattered by the demonstration of the sheep shearing by the guide there as well as watching the working dogs in action. It was actually my first time watching sheep shearing live.

sheep shearing #1

sheep shearing #2

sheep shearing #3

After sheep shearing, we proceeded to the other part where we get the chance to take turns feeding the deers. There were also other animals such as Llama and the highland cows. One of the highland cows did made a funny face while I was taking photograph with it.

feeding the deer

the Llamas

the highland cows

ok this guy is teasing me!

feeding the baby sheep

the woman demonstrating wool spinning

We then stroll through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s homestead where we were served with scones and coffee for a traditional afternoon tea. The scenic view of the lake and the mountains made it a perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours. We spent time taking photographs of the place after the finishing our tea.

scenic view!

relaxing by the lake

with the steamship in the background

TSS Earnslaw docking at Walters Peak

Our boatman arrived not long after we finished taking photos and brought us back to Queenstown.

3 Responses so far.

  1. yuliang11 says:

    interesting place, i’ve never really been to a 1st world country


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