Danny and I arrived in New Zealand in March and initially planned to settle and work in Auckland, where we flew into. However, five days passed and we soon decided that Auckland was not the place we wanted to be. We wanted the mountains, the valleys, the lakes, the unbelievable scenery, outdoor activities and the snow! I mean, we are in New Zealand – that is how everyone pictures it, right? And although Auckland was its own beautiful, we knew what we needed to do to get what we wanted – move to the South Island. We then had our vision set on Queenstown, ‘it is the place to be’ – everyone was telling us and it looked like a dreamy little Christmas town on photos and that is the experience we wanted to live!
Now having lived in Queenstown for just over three months I can confidently say that it was the best decision we made. We are completely and utterly in love with this little, yet fun – filled town. I love how busy and touristy it is; it allows you to meet new and interesting people every day! It does not surprise me why thousands of people return here year after year.
There are so many reasons why I love Queenstown and why I have found it so easy to settle here for the majority of my Working Holiday Visa. Let me start by telling you a little bit more about this town…
Queenstown is a small town that sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and it surrounded by the most beautiful Southern Alps. It is particularly stunning in the winter when the snow settles on the mountain peaks.
The town is renowned for its adventure-filled activities and sports such as mountain biking, bungee jumping, Luge riding, paragliding, skiing at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and numerous water sports. You can wander aimlessly around the quaint town and enjoy eating at one of the many exquisite restaurants, or indulge in a $5 dominos pizza – great for the budget travellers. Or you can sit by Lake Wakatipu and admire the surrounding scenery with a cup of hot chocolate from the famous Cookie Time (its a must).
I always though I was the beach type and nothing would ever beat it. I mean, it is hard to beat. But this definitely comes close; NewZealand has its own slice of paradise.
The People here are also so friendly. Since day one we have found that no one can do enough for you here- the locals, the travellers, expats and tourists alike. With such a welcoming and great atmosphere about the own it is so easy to settle in and call it home.
What I have found so amazing is how backpacker friendly it is! Aside from the cost of everything, the town has plenty of hostels, tourist information on your doorstep and some amazing happy hour deals – 1876 is always a good start to your night – with $5 drinks!
BUT there is nothing I adore more about this place than the fact you do not have to go far to find yourself surrounded by immense scenery and mountains. I have a few favourite spots already – Glenorchy is one of them.
Danny and I can spend a whole day happily driving through Glenorchy, appreciate the breathtaking scenery scenery.