Walter Peak Flight & Cruise

Walter Peak Flight & Steamship Cruise

Join Air Milford and Real Journeys to enjoy our Walter Peak Scenic Flight, High Country Farm Tour and Steamship Cruise, departing and returning from Queenstown daily.

This option combines a 20 minute scenic flight, from Queenstown, to Walter Peak high country station, with a farm tour and a return cruise aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw – launched in 1912 this Edwardian steamer is the southern hemisphere’s only passenger carrying, coal-fired steamship.

Scenic Flight over Lake Wakatipu

Walter Peak homestead

Farm tour

The TSS Earnslaw

Return to Queenstown aboard steamship


Walter Peak Flight & Steamship Cruise:

Tour includes:



  • Scenic flight from Queenstown to Walter Peak
  • Fantastic aerial views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Arrowtown, Coronet Peak & Walter Peak high county station
  • Landing at Walter Peak on a grass runway
  • Interactive farm tour of working high country station
  • 45 minute cruise across lake Wakatipu aboard iconic steamship TSS Earnslaw finishing in downtown Queenstown.
  • Option to add on a Gourmet BBQ lunch, or bring your own picnic for the trip.


12 noon year round

please note: this excursion is unavailable from Monday 3rd May 2021 – Saturday 26th June 2021, as the steamship goes on it’s annual survey during these dates.


Allow 3.5 hours


With Gourmet BBQ Lunch
NZ$235 per adult
NZ$195 per child 

Without lunch
NZ$199 per adult
NZ$159 per child 

You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic with you, to enjoy in the gardens at Walter Peak.

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Flight Path

Departing Queenstown International Airport the first aerial view will be of the Wakatipu Basin, including the world famous gold mining settlement – Arrowtown. You will then fly past the first founded ski field in New Zealand, Coronet Peak followed by an overflight the Queenstown CBD including a flyby of the Skyline Gondola, before tracking along the northern side of New Zealand’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu.

On the right side of the aircraft, dominating the horizon is Bob’s Peak, at 1748m. Secluded behind this mountain are the alpine lakes, Dispute and Moke. As you fly over Lake Wakatipu, the journey continues to provide a magnificent views, of Glenorchy and the Paradise region, including Mt Earnslaw (2830m) and the Earnslaw Glacier. A descent into Walter Peak station is precluded with an aerial view of the Wakatipu’s largest high country station, Mt Nicholas. To finish the flight on a high note, the landing takes place on a non-sealed airstrip, which is an ideal introduction to the relaxed farm life of Walter Peak station. 

The TSS Earnslaw 

The twin screw steamer is New Zealand’s most iconic boat, she was launched in 1912, the same year the Titanic and is the only hand fired steamship in operation in the southern hemisphere, making her one of the most unique experiences in the world

The cruise on Lake Wakatipu, from Walter Peak to Queenstown showcases some of the region’s spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of living history – the over one-hundred-year-old TSS Earnslaw.

Inside, you can visit the engine room viewing the giant steam engines at work. Aboard, you will be able to view the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge. If you prefer, you can kick back and enjoy a wine or beer, or some café food at the on-board Café & Bar.

*Please note this trip requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate. If you are booking a smaller group, we will do our best to buddy you up with another group for your chosen date, to achieve the minimum passengers required.

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