Where the lake finds the mountain
and you find your new home
The international and centrally located airport provides a convenient gateway to the city with frequent daily flights, while surrounding areas including Otago, Southland and Fiordland are just a few hours drive away.
Tourists come from around the world to experience all that sits on residents’ doorsteps – ski fields, water activities, golf courses, mountain biking and hiking are just some of the popular offerings. Bustling hospitality and retail sectors bring world class dining, entertainment and shopping from globally renowned chefs, event organisers and brand names.
The international and centrally located airport provides a convenient gateway to the city with frequent daily flights connecting Queenstown to New Zealand and the world. Coasting over the alpine vista and descending onto the tarmac between the mountains and lake, the landing is frequently voted one of the best in the world. Just 8km, or a 10 minute drive, from central Queenstown there is ample transport options to and from the terminals. While smaller than the country’s other international terminals, there is shopping, hospitality and lounge facilities.
There is a range of primary, intermediate and secondary schools in Queenstown, as well as tertiary education options. The growing residential population of the area has led to government investment to expand the capacity of the schools which tend to place an emphasis of the local environment, incorporating the outdoors into their curriculums.
In the event of an accident or emergency, the Queenstown region is fully equipped with the facilities and personnel to respond. Fire, police and ambulance services are based in the town and have specialist equipment to navigate any scenario on the challenging terrain. New Zealand has strict health and safety laws for workplaces and adventure tourism businesses, so risks on the quintessential Queenstown activities are well mitigated.
MARINA & WATER TAXI
Sometimes travel by land and air just won’t do and for this, Queenstown has a fleet of water taxis ready to ferry from shore to shore. A great mode of transport for reaching the more remote lakeside destinations, and perfect for moving excess luggage and freight. Also a great option for those wanting to take a more intrepid day trip and seek out the walking tracks, bike trails and kayak routes accessible only by boat.
Retails offerings are diverse in Queenstown. Boutique stores stocked with high end local and international brands are mixed with chain stores and those tailored to the adventurous and outdoor spirit of the region.
Centrally located, Queenstown’s retail precinct has the perfect mix of luxury labels, boutique buys and high street deals. Catering for locals and tourists alike, there is international labels mixed with local designers that cater for men, women and children. Local stores hold the right gear to take you from the mountains to the wineries through summer and winter. Locally grown and produced food and wine is abound, much of which can be purchased from local artisan farmer’s markets.
Queenstown is a popular destination - and for good reason - but this means it can be hard to secure a spot at short notice. Make sure to book your accommodation in advance so you can have your choice of abode. And there are plenty of choices: From decadent private residences and lakefront mansions to globally recognised hotels, Kiwi baches and more humble dormitory-style options. Don’t forget to look for hidden gems and secret spots in the picturesque surrounding areas, too.