Duration Duration: 3hrs 30mins

Relax in tranquility on a real working farm with breathtaking views of middle earth.

Hop off Spirit of Queenstown at Mt Nicholas High Country Farm for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm. Mt Nicholas produces the highest quality wool for world-renowned clothing company Icebreaker. Soak in the surrounding panoramic views in one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high country farms.

Everything you need to know

  • Join your guide on a tour of the farm, in a stunning mountain location on the lake edge
  • Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment – from mustering sheep through to the creation of Icebreaker clothing
  • Watch sheep being moved by the farm guide and dog
  • Meet working animals used on the farm and learn about daily family life
  • Trip duration is 3 .5 hours
  • Journey deep into the heart of New Zealand’s high country in our 4WD vehicle, and sit back as the landscape unfolds around you
  • Enjoy a freshly prepared Farmers Platter Lunch at the Mt Nicholas Station woolshed
  • Buy our Family Pass  (2 Adults + 2 Children)  and save over $20

About Merino Wool

Mt Nicholas is home to 29,000 merino sheep set on 100,000 acres of breathtaking terrain – an extraordinary landscape surrounded by mountains, thousands of glaciers, ice-carved fiords, forests, alpine lakes and vast snowfields.

The farm is one of a handful of family-owned high country stations on Lake Wakatipu, and supplies wool exclusively to the world-renowned Icebreaker clothing company.

Merino wool comes off the back of one of the world’s toughest animals which has learned to thrive in this extreme environment. Most breeds of sheep struggle to survive in this rugged high country, but these extraordinary animals grow a fleece that is luxuriously soft, yet strong enough to cope with anything nature throws at it. Their high-tech coat of exceptionally fine wool is light and breathable in summer, and highly insulating in winter.

That means they can survive temperatures that can soar to 35-degrees in summer or plummet to minus 20-degrees in winter, when mountains are blanketed deep in snow.

 

2018 WINTER SCHEDULE UPDATES:

  • 2 June – 15 July:  Station 2 Station Cycle Trail will not be available as an add-on to your Mt Nicholas Farm Experience due to TSS Earnslaw being docked for maintenance. We apologise for the inconvenience.
  • 16 July – 22 July:  Queenstown Discovery will be your cruise vessel due to Spirit of Queenstown being docked for maintenance.
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Summer
Winter

Summer

1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019

DepartsOptionReturnsAdultChildOnline Special 
9.00am*Mt Nicholas Farm Experience12.30pm $69$30SAVE 10% ONLINE
11.00amMt Nicholas Farm Experience2.30pm $69$30 SAVE 10% ONLINE
1.15pmMt Nicholas Farm Experience4.45pm $69$30SAVE 10% ONLINE

*9am service operates from 1 November 2018 - 30 April 2019

Winter

1 May 2018 - 30 September 2018

DepartsOptionIncludesReturnsAdultChildFamily PassOnline Special 
11.00am*Mt Nicholas Farm ExperienceSpirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise2.30pm$68$30$170**SAVE 10%
1.00pm*Mt Nicholas Farm ExperienceSpirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise4.30pm$68$30$170**SAVE 10%

*Includes Farmers Platter Lunch
** 10% online special does not apply to the Family Pass. The Family Pass includes 2 Adults and 2 Children only.

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What to Bring

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What to bring

It’s a good idea to bring a warm jacket and wear comfortable, non-slip shoes. Don’t forget insect repellent, sunscreen and plenty of memory card space on your camera. Outdoor footwear is provided at Mt Nicholas High Country Farm for the Farm Experience and 4WD Wilderness Experience.