Where the lake finds the mountain
and you find your new home

So much more than a resort town, Queenstown is an economic and cultural hub with a flourishing range of industries. Home to about 28,000 permanent local residents, nearly two million visitors pass through each year.

The centrally-located Queenstown Airport, a hub for domestic and direct international flights, provides a convenient gateway to the town with frequent daily take offs and arrivals. Surrounding areas including Central 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 offer world-class dining, entertainment and shopping from globally renowned chefs, event organisers and brands. 

Homestead Bay


Approach to Queenstown Airport

The international and centrally-located airport is a convenient gateway, with frequent daily flights connecting Queenstown to New Zealand and the world. The approach to the airport, coasting over mountains and lakes and descending to the tarmac, is frequently voted one of the best in the world. It’s just 8km (an eight-minute drive) from the town centre (plenty of transport options) and seven minutes to Homestead Bay. There is shopping, hospitality and lounge facilities.


Remarkables Park Primary School

There is a wide range of primary schools in Queenstown and an excellent high school. The growing residential population of the area has led to significant Government investment into schools and facilities, including an additional new primary school to be built soon. The high school recently re-located to a brand-new campus in Frankton. Academic excellence is key and curriculums acknowledge their surrounding with outdoor programmes incorporated.


Queenstown city centre - Fire truck

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 based in the town have specialist equipment to successfully manage any scenario in any location. New Zealand has strict and health and safety regulations for workplaces and tourism businesses, so risks are managed and mitigated.


Queenstown city centre

Queenstown residents and visitors are encouraged to ‘take the lake’ when travelling around Lake Wakatipu. Water taxis operate regular services around the lake and can be booked to reach more remote lakeside destinations for those looking for the ultimate day trip or access to secluded bike trails and walking tracks.


Queenstown city centre

Retail offerings are diverse in Queenstown. Boutique stores are stocked with high-end local and international fashion and homewares brands, sitting alongside national chain stores and those catering for outdoor adventures in summer or winter. Centrally located, the compact retail precinct caters for locals and visitors. Locally-grown and produced food, wine, artisan beer and crafts abound, much of which can also be bought from farmers markets in downtown Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown.


New Zealand Queenstown Hyatt Hotel

Queenstown’s a popular destination so it pays to book well in advance for accommodation, especially if there’s an event on in town. There are plenty of choices, from decadent private residences overlooking the lake or tucked away in the countryside, to globally-recognised hotels, motels, backpacker dormitory-style options and classic kiwi ‘baches’ or holiday homes. Don’t forget to search for accommodation in picturesque Arrowtown or check out many online booking agencies for vacancies.