Welcome to life in Queenstown

Nestled on the edge of Lake Whakatipu and framed by the majestic Southern Alps, the resort town of Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most iconic locations. World-class ski fields, adventure sports, iconic scenery and food and wine draw people from all corners of the globe, but it's our people and community that make Queenstown unique.

Learn more about moving, living, and working in Queenstown.


Ready to make the move?

Here's everything you need to know to transition smoothly into Queenstown living.

Moving - What you need to know

Working in Queenstown

Life in Queenstown

Queenstown's Vision



"We're proud of where we are and we love showing it...
– you're part of our whānau, part of our family."

- John Glover, Kinloch Lodge (Our People Our Home)



A visionary future

From the rugged determination of early settlers who carved out a life here, to the modern-day adventurers and entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of what's possible, Queenstown's history is a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of progress.

This spirit of adventure and innovation has been woven into the place's DNA since the 1800s, marking it as the birthplace of the first commercial ski field, the first bungy jump, and the inception point for commercial jetboat tours, tandem paragliding, and skydiving. The latter half of the 20th century saw Queenstown emerge as the world's adventure capital and a global destination for tourism, winter sports, unparallelled natural scenery and a budding hub for the region’s tech sector.

Looking to the future, our region has big dreams, striving to become a regenerative tourism destination and a carbon zero economy by 2030.



Our People, Our Home

 From families to entrepreneurs, young couples to long time locals, meet the passionate people who shape Queenstown’s vibrant and diverse community.



Frequently Asked Questions