A promise was made to my sister and my mom that sheep would be in abundance once we arrived in Queenstown. I was most excited to luge, but they were most excited to see sheep. So, I kept assuring them they would see more sheep than they knew what to do with.
Three days into our trip we had seen no sheep. Not even one!
On the fourth day, my family grew impatient. The trust was broken between us so they started asking around.
“WHERE ARE THE SHEEP?”
“Don’t lie to us. We’ve had a dud informant in the past”, they would say pointing at me standing approximately 5,003 feet behind them.
“Have YOU seen the sheep? ”
“Just, please, point us in the direction of where the sheep live?” my sister said, in desperation.
“Now!” my mom ordered, as she does.
They interrogated the people of Queenstown as if they were filming True Detective season 3 (or Paul Blart: Mall Cop 3). Most people laughed
at with them but, to my surprise, they came back with some good intel.
Everyone questioned gave the name: Walter Peak High Country Farm. The detectives attained first person accounts, viewed photo evidence and got word of mouth recommendations! So, we followed the lead.
We boarded the TSS Earnslaw Vintage – one heck of a gorgeous steamboat – that very afternoon.
Sheep was the reason we found out about the Walter Peak High County Farm but it was the gourmet BBQ, scenery and sheep-dog show that made it all worth it. The dining area faces towards the water and is set up to impress. I wasn’t expecting much from the food, but it was one of our best meals in Queenstown!
We were so happy, one of us actually cried. Most of the produce for the BBQ came from the farm itself. There was an incredible selection of meats, fish, sides, cheeses, cold cuts, desserts. You name it, they were making it on-the-spot.
Hot tip: Leave room for the sticky date pudding!
Hotter tip: Drinks are not included in the ticket but can be carried all over the promises.
Hottest tip: Linger around the meat, especially the lamb, until the new batches come out of the grill so you snatch up the best bits while they’re still smoking hot.
Unless you’ve already witnessed sheep dogs at work, the display of loyalty, dedication and perseverance will blow your head off and melt your heart. I spilt wine in amazement, multiple times. After the dog show, you can watch a sheep being sheared – this was both fascinating and completely awkward – or browse through the gift shop and buy way too many socks.
We almost missed the last call for our return ride on TSS Earnslaw. An accident? – we’ll find out on the next season of True Detective.
Unfortunately a Paul Blart: Mall Cop 4 has not received the green lit.