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Queenstown...No place I'd rather be!

Queenstown...No place I'd rather be!

Posted by Dave Fahey: 5th May 2016 @ 13:39:03

People often ask me why I live in Queenstown? Which I think is a bit of a daft question really. This usually follows by them trying to convince me that Queenstown is soon expensive, full of tourists and ridiculously cold in winter!

To which I politely have to explain that today I started my day with a hot air balloon flight high above the Wakatipu basin, which at the peak of I was looking out over Mt Cook as the first rays of sunlight engulfed it. I followed that with a quick spin in a Jet boat as K-Jet had a large group on and needed some extra hands. I then went home picked up my beautiful family, crazy dog and bikes and went and explored a section of the Wakatipu trail. Then to round out the day I sat down to a pint of Mischievous Kea (yes that is its real name and if you haven't tried it, you must!) at Atlas beer cafe with a group of exceptional folk and schemed about what tomorrow will bring.

Now this may sound like a bit of a brag fest and admittedly not every day is like this. But the reality is that we live here because we have realised that just because you have a mortgage and a family that life has no reason to stop. We live here because we have made the conscious decision to live every day to its fullest and not worry about the typical social pressures. And we live here to have a world of opportunity right on our doorstep and utilise every opportunity to get out & enjoy our natural surroundings.

I do however have to agree that yes Queenstown is on the more expensive side of the spectrum for everyday living, but so is Auckland or any other major city, I’d much rather have this view out of my window. And yes your right - Queenstown is full of tourists. People that are here because they have chosen to be, people that are here to have a great time & meet new people. People that at the end of the day enjoy a drink with newly made friends, laughing and recalling the moment they screamed in both fear and excitement of today’s activities.

I would much rather surround myself with these people than those complaining about the rigours of day to day life. It’s at about this point that I see people faces begin to change. The glass suddenly becomes half full again and thought of relocating begins to slowly plant a seed in the back of the mind. I’ll admit, Queenstown is probably not for everyone, but there is absolutely no place I’d rather be. I love this town and am a passionate advocate for Queenstown as a holiday destination, long term home, place of exceptional beauty and full of mind blowing activities and experiences.

Welcome to Queenstown, the place I call home. Whether it’s for a short time or a long time, I’m sure you are bound to fall in love with it as much as I have.

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