Queenstown has a magnetism that has drawn many amazing people to live here over the years. Whether it’s the beautiful natural landscapes, spirit of adventure or love of people – there is a shared passion for our place.  Meet some of the remarkable people behind our local businesses who call Queenstown home as they share their stories with us.

We are Queenstown.  

Meet our locals

Zoe & Jeannie, Fork & Tap

Passionate about the community and making people feel at home, Jeannie and her late husband Keith, poured endless love into this making this special spot what it is today.

John & Toni, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

Surrounded by natural beauty amongst the mountains and lakes, John and Toni love calling Kinloch home. 45 minutes drive from Queenstown, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat is one of the oldest existing lodges in New Zealand.

Shay, Ride to the Sky

Showing people a good time whilst sharing Queenstown’s landscapes and history is just one of the reasons why Shay loves his job.

Matt, iFly

Passionate about uplifting his community, Matt is dedicated to making sure everyone, no matter their ability, can fly beyond their own boundaries.


Erna, Creeksyde Holiday Park

‘The World’s First Environmentally Certified Holiday Park’ - a title that Erna is truly proud of. Not to mention the quirky, recycled, up-purposed artwork around the place.

David, Lakes District Museum

Sharing the history of one of New Zealand's oldest gold mining towns is David's passion and one reason why he’s been in the same job for 32 years. 


Trent, Ziptrek Eco Tours

Inspired by the landscapes and passionate about educating people on the environment, Trent’s favourite days are spent hanging out in the treetops high above Queenstown. 

Malcolm & Josie, The Cow

If you’ve had a pizza at The Cow, then you’ve probably met Malcolm and Josie as well. Their passion for this place means they’re more often than not cooking and serving their hard-to-beat pizzas.

Guy & Ann, Mt Rosa

100% family owned and operated, Guy and Ann sometimes don’t want to leave at the end of the day. With exquisite wines and office views to match, we can see why.