For a lesson in history, hop aboard TSS Earnslaw. Once used to transport livestock, the vintage steamship now takes people from Queenstown’s Steamer Wharf to the Walter Peak High Country Farm, across Lake Wakatipu, for a barbecue followed by sheep herding and shearing sessions. Disclaimer: this is as touristy as it gets but a trip on this steamship, launched in 1912 (the same year as the Titanic), is worth it. There is one way to get away from the crowds once you’re on the farm, though. Head straight for the barbecue, have your fill of chef Justin Koen’s charcoal-kissed lamb shoulder then – instead of attending the animal shows – take a walk around the property’s manicured gardens. There are views of Queenstown from an entirely new vantage point here, with sounds of nothing but the wind and the waves. Of course, if you’re travelling with kids, you might have to swap serenity for some sheep shearing.

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