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Walter Peak High Country Farm is more than just a petting zoo, which is what most "farm attractions" tend to be. The experience begins with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Wakatipu. Once you get to the idyllic farm, you can take a tour, watch sheepshearing demonstrations, feed farm animals, enjoy an outdoor barbecue lunch (or morning or afternoon tea) and walk through flowering gardens.

Recent visitors say this farm experience is truly delightful. Whether you're a history buff, an animal lover or just want an escape from Queenstown's adrenaline-pumping activities, odds are you'll appreciate this relaxed, yet informative attraction.

Walter Peak High Country Farm cannot be reached by car, but travelers can find limited street parking near Steamer Wharf, where all tours depart. For visitors staying in downtown Queenstown, the wharf can be reached on foot. The No. 6 Ritchies Connectabus also stops across the street from the wharf.

Farm tours can be booked through Real Journeys NZ. Basic tours cost NZ$77 ($52) per person and include morning or afternoon tea, a boat cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a farm tour with a sheepshearing demonstration. Upgraded tours with lunch or dinner are also offered for NZ$99 ($66.50) or NZ$125 ($84). All tours last three-and-a-half or four hours and are offered daily throughout the year, though limited tours are scheduled from mid-May to mid-June due to annual boat maintenance.

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