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Living in Queenstown, New Zealand:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Queenstown, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked four people living in Queenstown what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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If you’re moving to Queenstown, there is a housing crisis at the moment so you need to be willing to stay in hostels for a bit to find accommodation! It is easier from a visa point of view and to earn money if you have a skill e.g. engineer, builder. There are lots of hospitality jobs but they are low paid. Great place to live if you like the outdoors but a car is recommended and you can get one ranging anywhere between 2,000-4,000 if you are happy for something cheap and cheerful!

If you are moving to Queenstown you need to ensure that you have secured accommodation as there is a shortage. Typically New Zealand houses do not have central heating. Queenstown is expensive to live in. It is also the adventure capital of New Zealand and is very cosmopolitan for its size. There are many South Americans and Brits.

Murray McClennan, says: 2022

It’s a beautiful, lively town with a lot to offer. Queenstown borders a lake and is surrounded by mountains. There are heaps of restaurants, live music every night of the week, and outdoor adventure opportunities galore. The economy is largely based on tourism.

Patrick, says: 2020

Queenstown is an incredibly beautiful region that resides in the South Island of New Zealand, however most of its population is comprised of migrant workers. It is mostly dependent on holidaymakers and tourism agencies who provide adrenaline fuelled activities such as; skydiving and bungee jumps. There is a notable mountain range in the area called the ‘remarkables’ which invites a winter boom of avid skiers and snowboarders. Along with the remarkables there is also a field known as ‘coronet peak’.

Vaishnavi, says: 2020

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