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Walter Peak, Queenstown: 7 reviews and 15 photos

  View of the homestead from the Earnslaw.
by Kakapo2

Walter Peak Station is a 25,758 hectare working high country sheep farm on the southern shore of Lake Wakatipu. It runs 1500 sheep and 1000 cattle. The sheep are hardy merino in the higher regions and peridale on the lower slopes.

The homestead of the farm (The Colonel?s Homestead) is used for hosting tourists that cruise the lake on board the TSS Earnslaw.

By ship Walter Peak Station is only 13 km from Queenstown. If you try to get there by road you must drive south via Lumsden, then west to Mossburn and turn onto a gravel road (Mt. Nicolas Road) near The Key. This is 124 km! The station has had a special lease for 30 years since 1998. The agreement limits the number of stock that can graze the area (3180 sheep including not more than 1360 breeding ewes and 1500 cattle including not more than 910 breeding cows). The agreement includes the tourism activities.

Walter Peak Station and adjoining Cecil Peak Station are named after the mountains with the same names, and those again are named after Cecil Walter Rees, the son of William Gilbert Rees. William Gilbert Rees was the first settler of Queenstown and had a sheep run at the place where the township of Queenstown is now. Cecil Peak is 1974 metres high and Walter Peak slightly lower.

If you have a spare NZ$ 2 or 3 million you could buy into a development which has been carved off Walter Peak Station ;-) The American developer is selling up at the moment. He wanted to build a luxury lodge and several cottages on a 38 hectare site. If you want to develop the whole site it could easily cost you between NZ$ 50 and 80 million... 75,000 plants have already been established, so you do not have to do everything ;-))) (This info is as December 2008.)

Address: Nicolas Peak Road, Lake Wakatipu
Directions: Must take a boat trip across the lake.
Website: http://www.realjourneys.co.nz

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 19, 2008
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