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Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure playground. You can get an adrenaline fix paragliding, sky diving, jetboating and bungy jumping. Even flying into Queenstown’s airport is an adventure, with mountains looming on either side of the plane. Though it is a small city, Queenstown has direct international flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and was named Australasia’s leading destination in the 2014 World Travel Awards.
In winter, the town comes alive with festivals, concerts and winter sports events. If you’re a skier or boarder, you’ll be spoiled for choice with four large skifields nearby, including the aptly-named Remarkables Ski Area. Fittingly, Queenstown is sister city to Aspen, CO.
Being so far south, in summer the days are long, with plenty of evening hours to get out exploring. Whether it’s mountain biking, kayaking, multi-sport or hurling yourself off a bridge with elastic cords tied around your feet, you’ll find a way to enjoy stunning natural environment in your downtime. Get a bit out beyond Queenstown and you’ll be entering the much-acclaimed wine country of Central Otago Pinot Noirs.
With such stunning back drops, the region is popular with the film industry. Many feature films and TV series have been filmed in and around Queenstown including X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the Lord of the Rings series.
The focus of Queenstown’s business has traditionally been in the tourism industry and ventures that support the industry, but there is a growing startup ecosystem that is emerging to support local industries.
While the cost of living is slightly higher in Queenstown than other cities, it definitely makes up for it in terms of lifestyle!