Nestled on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu and just 45 minutes from Queenstown via the historic steamship – the TSS Earnslaw – Walter Peak High Country Station lends itself perfectly to wedding ceremonies, receptions and pre/post-wedding celebrations with its expansive lake and mountain views and exquisitely manicured gardens.
The historic Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant has the charm and style of a nostalgic era. With a variety of elegant rooms that may be used separately or together, it is perfect for receptions or pre/post wedding celebrations, intimate or large – up to 300 guests.
When it comes to catering, our menus offer a delicious array of items with a heavy focus on locally sourced produce and high quality New Zealand wines to match.
Ceremony Locations: From an intimate ceremony on board the TSS Earnslaw, to a large lakeside wedding; Walter Peak High Country Farm offers an array of stunning ceremony locations for your special day.
TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship: With its authentic brass and wood fittings, a ceremony on board this steamship is a classic choice for small intimate groups. Your ceremony may take place on the Promenade Deck, beside the grand piano, or outdoors on the forward deck as the vessel cruises the lake. The private saloon on board can accommodate up to 50 guests for drinks and canapés. In most cases ceremonies would be on a shared sailing although exclusive use options are available at certain times of the year.
The Lakefront: On the shores of Lake Wakatipu your ceremony would take place in front of a breath-taking backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, opt for a more casual beachfront look, complete with a wooden jetty. Your guests will arrive on the TSS Earnslaw, whilst the bridal can party arrive in style on a separate smaller vessel or by helicopter.
The Lawn: Set amongst the flowers of a cottage garden, the lawn in front of the Colonel’s Homestead is a large flat area with views from every angle. The most popular of our ceremony venues, this beautiful spot is private, sheltered and provides perfect photo opportunities of gardens, lake or mountains.
The TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship and Walter Peak High Country Farm are steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history and together with our unrivalled views, location, exceptional cuisine offering and personalised service; it makes an ideal and iconic choice for your wedding experience.