Walter Peak High Country Farm is nestled in a remote spot on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu, the only road to the farm is a rough and unsealed road into Te Anau about 2 hours away. The main transport is via the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamboat.
This picture was taken arriving at the farm from the deck of the steamboat, after a 40 min trip across the lake.
On approach to the farm you see the most beautiful gardens and charming early colonial buildings.
Realtours offer a range of activities from farmyard tours, horsetreks, barbecue lunches on the lakeside terrace or evening dining at the Colonelís Homestead.
I chose to take in more of the farms history and went for a heritage tour with a local historian who provided our group with an amazing story of how farming started in the area and about the first family to live here, the McKenzie family who were originally from Scotland. She educated us about pioneering life which included a slide show at the homestead of early farming families and the steamshipís early cargo carrying days.
After the slide show we were taken to the bar to taste some central Otago wine and cheese tasting, plus an antipasto platter on the lakeside terrace.
A stroll around the beautifully kept gardens concluded our tour.
Highlights were a guided tour of the TSS Earnslaw with an on board historian and a visit to the Colonelís Homestead and gardens.
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delpeoples (54083) 2009-03-24 6:09
Hi jude, what a beautiful shot you have here, one for the wall I would think! Congratulations on a beautifully sharp and natural looking photograph. It is lovely. TFs and have a great week, Lisa.
brano14 (2771) 2009-03-24 9:51
Great photo of this amazing place. A perfect angle, beautiful colors, very good note.
Maged (1769) 2009-03-24 23:56
How a beautiful place ..i wish if i can live there, your shot is excellent ,you captured that place by the best way.
Selmik (3192) 2009-03-25 11:24
beautiful scenery,perfect POV, colors and contrast. I like the diagonal of water-sand that creates a strong accent to the photograph.
Very well chosen and executed presentation of this beautiful place.
bema (26361) 2009-03-26 3:31
must really be a great place on this beautiful island, like most the watercolors and the sweet house-buildings at the shore, fine pov and great colors..
have a nice day, best regards Bernd
Kielia (23993) 2009-03-26 11:48
excellently composed impression of this beautiful place. The symphony of different blue and green colors makes this image very attractive. Your POV is outstanding! I also appreciate your interesting note. TFS!
phwall (6785) 2009-03-26 15:07
How pretty is this, the main building nestled in amongst the gardens, the beautiful trees and that crystal clear water, superb.
cherryripe (21033) 2009-03-28 8:46
Being a grey day, you've framed this nicely to show off the colours of the building and lake. The sharpness is excellent too. And yes, many years ago I did take the Earnslaw there and had a meal as part of a study trip. Touristy but nice.
- Copyright: Jude Glenn (judesta) (1006)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
- Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: New Zealand 2009
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-24 3:27
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