The buffet lunch at Walter Peak Station was the highlight of our family trip to New Zealand. The high country working sheep station is only accessible by a vintage steamboat, called TSS Earnslaw and the boat ride was a treat in itself.
TSS Earnslaw took an hour to cross Lake Wakatipu, beginning and ending the journey from the Steamer Wharf in Queenstown. However, sitting down to a gourmet buffet lunch in the historic Walter Peak homestead was something our family really enjoyed.
Our gourmet lunch consisted of mountains of fresh salads, roast vegetables, home baked breads and plenty of locally sourced meat - cooked on the traditional homestead barbecue. This was followed by the dessert buffet, including mini mousses, sticky date puddings, several cakes and a colorful lolly bar.
After lunch, we joined the Walter Peak farm tour over near the woolshed. Children and adults alike, were very impressed by Sue the sheepdog and her ability to follow her master's orders and herd in the flock of sheep. After the sheepdog show, we watched a sheep shearing demonstration and took home a sample of wool.
The cruise back to Queenstown was stunning, surrounded by snow capped mountains and we even sang along to the piano as we steamed along. The buffet lunch is available every day and there is also a buffet dinner for those wishing to experience Walter Peak by night.