Our other tourist activity was a ride on the steamship TSS Earnslaw, across Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, over to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
We were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day for our trip. The coal burning steamship was built in 1912 to provide services for the sheep stations around the lake that were otherwise inaccessible. The 7 mile journey between Queenstown and Walter Peak farm takes about an hour and a half, and you can visit the engine room, where a fellow in coveralls shovels coal to keep the ship moving.
Lake Wakatipu is the second longest lake in NZ, stretching 52 miles from Glenorchy to Kingston. It’s over 1,000ft deep and averages about 53F (glacial water). Brr!
We’re suckers for historic modes of transportation, and this trip was quite a treat.