This morning we walked into Queenstown for a trip aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak farm. The 11km trip across Lake Wakatipu was enjoyable to say the least, with the 100 year old steamboat smoothly navigating the journey. Boys respected the refurbished cargo ship and its old-world charm, conversing politely throughout the voyage. Once we arrived at the farm on the other side of the lake to Queenstown, we were gobsmacked by serenely fresh beauty of the working farm. In its prime, the 170,000 acre farm ran 40,000 sheep and employed 50 staff. Nowadays, it still runs sheep as well as cattle, but the tourist visits are now a major component of its livelihood.
Our group witnessed working dogs skilfully herd sheep and a shearer take the wool of a sheep in no time at all. The informative and interesting display was concluded before we ventured to the old farmhouse for a sumptuous lunch with tasty options in abundance. The desert bar was visited with pleasure, as was the lolly bar, although some boys showed zero restraint.
After lunch we made our way back across the lake, after feeding ducks and skimming stones. The spotless engine room of the boat was a favourite for the boys on the return. The engine was impressively clean, functioning with a syncopated strength, but more importantly was a warm place to hide out of the cold air outside.