Are you moving to Queenstown, New Zealand?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Queenstown and the Otago region has to offer. Crown are an international and domestic relocations company, specialising in furniture removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, world moving, office moving, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!
Queenstown is to be found towards the bottom of the south island, in Central Otago, and the town and the surrounding area are justifiably known as New Zealand’s adventure playground.
Queenstown is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, and is blessed by truly spectacular views of the nearby mountains, the most famous and picturesque of which are The Remarkables.
A recent survey found Queenstown was home to some 220 adventure tourism activities, including bungy jumping, fly fishing jet boating, mountain biking, paragliding, skate-boarding, skiing, sky diving, snow-boarding, tramping and white-water rafting.
For a town of some 12,500 inhabitants, it attracts over two million visitors from around the world every year, and while Queenstown has received international recognition for its adventure sports, those looking for a quiet and refined lifestyle are also well suited, with the world-renowned Central Otago Pinot Noir grown locally, in whose vineyards form what is reputed to be the world’s southern-most wine producing region, and the TSS Earnslaw, a hundred-year-old steamship, plies Lake Wakatipu throughout the year. The town itself boasts an extensive choice of restaurants and excellent shopping. More details of the town can be found online
Within easy travelling distance of Queenstown are Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Fiordland and Wanaka, all of which up make up the Central Otago region.
Housing / Accommodation
Accommodation in Queenstown and Central Otago can be at a premium, but Crown Dunedin’s experienced and helpful staff have built up extensive links with the local business community, and they will be able to help you find accommodation to suit your needs.
Visa / Permits
There are a number of types of visa that you may be eligible for when moving to New Zealand. Depending on the length of your stay or whether you plan to work, study or invest here.
The different types of visa available reflect the different Government-funded public services potentially available to expatriates.
From work to residence visas, essential skills visas, and visas for parents and children, check what may be available to you at New Zealand Now.
The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the local currency, and coins come in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, with $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar notes.
When it comes time to convert your money to New Zealand dollars, it’s highly recommended that you do so via online transferal companies, as opposed to cash or travellers cheques. This is because banks are known to charge very high rates when dealing with these.
Crown recommends the services of OFX for converting your money online. People have been known to save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars through this simple procedure. Visit Moving your Money for more information.
Something else that could come in handy is opening up a New Zealand bank account before arriving in the country. This makes the transferal process of your converted money much easier and again minimises the extra costs that are commonly involved with this process.
There are a number of banks that offer easy, online sign up services, including; Westpac, Kiwibank and Bank of New Zealand.
Public transport in Queenstown is provided by Connectabus, but as in most places in New Zealand, owning a car will provide the flexibility to explore this delightful region. Queenstown has an international airport, and services are provided by Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia networks.
There are many schools in Queenstown, from primary right through to secondary schools, and a list can be found at Ministry of Education to help you choose.
Queenstown has a main hospital and all the health services you would expect to find in a major region are provided by the Lakes District Health Board and a number of private companies throughout the town.
In line with Queenstown’s reputation for adventure, stunning scenery and a lively atmosphere, there is an established social environment, with frequent opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. Because of this unique atmosphere, expatriates do not have trouble assimilating into the Queenstown community. Opportunities to form closer-knit groups arise through children’s school activities and events, as well as through sports teams, sporting fixtures, and hobby or special interest groups. There are also a number of reputable singles networks in the local area that arrange sightseeing trips, restaurant dinners and weekend events. The Queenstown Chamber Of Commerce is a good place to start.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.