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It takes more than great views and fresh air to feel at home. 

Connect with a community of talented, highly-skilled people drawn to a healthy, adventurous lifestyle.

So much more than postcard good looks, the Queenstown Lakes District is a vibrant mix of lifestyles, backgrounds and expertise, all here for exceptional work and lifestyle opportunities. World-class schools, ultra-fast connectivity and an established community of dynamic business minds are all on offer. Tap into a healthier lifestyle without giving up connectivity to the global scene.

Discover a place where work-life balance matters and you and your family can find breathing space amongst a like-minded community.

Permanent population 41,400 (2020)

Expected to grow to 56,400 in 2028 and to 74,400 in 2048 (1)

Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Farm, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak


Quality of Life Survey - over half of respondents indicated they exercised 5-7 days a week (55%). (2)

Healthy Environment

World-class events

Motatapu Off-Road Marathon, Sotheby’s International Queenstown Marathon, Luma Southern Light Festival, Winter Games.

Arts, Film & Culture

Queenstown Lakes is the third largest production hub in New Zealand.

In-house QLDC Film Office - coordinating screen activity in the region.

Tech & Start ups

A thriving ecosystem for startups supported by Startup Queenstown Lakes.


Queenstown Lakes residents hold degrees or masters level qualifications at a rate of 37% more than the national average. (6)

More than 20% of the population are self-employed

Work and lifestyle co-exist. Access to outdoor spaces is easy. As is, doing business while outside the office.(3)

Regional GDP Growth

(Queenstown Lakes)

National GDP Growth(5)

New Zealand

Construction activity reached $901m in the year to March 2020

Despite COVID-19, construction activity has remained stronger than expected and will likely exceed Infometrics’ forecast of $770m for the year ended March 2020/21.(4)

Space to live and grow in Queenstown Lakes.

Far from the corporate rat race, Queenstown and Wānaka put health at the forefront — for people, the environment and the economy. 


Shaped by glaciers, gold rushes and tourism booms, Queenstown is a town born of a rich and ever-changing past. The town’s trail-blazing spirit is its enduring legacy.

Today, Queenstown boasts a population of 16,000 and provides a lifestyle where work and play go hand in hand. Queenstown is both hyper-global and hyper-local, and residents enjoy a work-life balance where flexibility is not only condoned but strongly encouraged. With world-class vineyards, golf courses, mountaineering and ski fields all within easy reach, it’s no wonder Queenstown is a bucket-list destination both as a place to visit and a place to live.

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