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Climbing aboard Spirit of Queenstown
I grab a coffee from the café bar and
head to the open wheelhouse to meet
our knowledgeable and enthusiastic
skipper Jamie Rankin.
“My favourite part of the cruise is looking down
the lake towards Mt Earnslaw and Mt Alfred.
People are always stunned the moment they first
see it. I love telling them to wait ten seconds as
Mt Earnslaw comes into view as that’s the best
view I think,” he says.
“It’s a great trip for families and anyone who really
wants to get away from the madness of town.
It’s spacious and modern – a great way to cruise
At Mt Nicholas High Country Farm our entertaining
farm guide Duncan Ross and Belle, his trusty
sheepdog, are waiting.
Belle proudly shows off her herding skills while we
watch with Barbie and Lucky, the station’s adorable,
puppy-like pet sheep.
Between hilarious jokes Duncan tells us the family-
owned station is one of the oldest and largest in
Wool from the 29,000 merino sheep is sent
overseas to create high-end Versace and Armani
suits and Icebreaker outdoor wear. He says the key
to the farm’s success is the dedication to animal
welfare and the pristine environment.
We take a ride in a 4WD to an incredibly
photogenic vantage point before heading back to
Mt Nicholas woolshed for a delicious light lunch.
Southern Discoveries fits a lot into this half-day
trip, but it doesn’t feel rushed, in fact it’s totally
relaxing. By the time we’re steadily cruising back
towards Queenstown I feel as if I‘ve been away for
days – completely revived.
Families, locals and visitors
Best feature Unrivalled views and the chance to
visit a real, working farm
Southern Discoveries Locals Card
entitles holders to unlimited Scenic
Cruises on Lake Wakatipu and Milford
Sound, plus family and visitor
discounts on activities
Recreational mountain bikers
have yet another adventurous
Queenstown local trail to add
to their must-ride list.
Station 2 Station Cycle Trail is a half-day
experience starting with a cruise across
Lake Wakatipu on Southern Discoveries
Spirit of Queenstown.
Riders disembark at Mt Nicholas High
Country Farm and cycle the quiet, easy
grade trail to Walter Peak Station and catch
the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw back
to Queenstown. The trail covers 14km and
doesn’t require technical skills or athletic
fitness levels. The lake and mountain
views en route are stunning.
Bike and helmet hire, a Mt Nicholas
Farm Experience and lunch options are
available as add-ons to the Station 2
Station Cycle Trail.
Southern Discoveries fast speed modern catamaran,
Spirit of Queenstown, boasts the longest cruise on
Lake Wakatipu. Bethany Rogers discovered that,
combined with a tour of Mt Nicholas High Country
Farm, it’s a peaceful half-day getaway far from the
hype and buzz of downtown Queenstown.
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Spirit of Queenstown
Mt Nicholas High Country Farm
Cycling Station 2 Station Cycle Trail
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