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We stayed at The Clan Terrigal for 1 night on our way to a Sydney conference. We thought, the beach location (direct access) was handy so I...

Queenstown's Patagonia





Wet and chilly these days in Queenstown. Then again, this beautiful piece of paradise has something else to offer in a weather like this. What soothes the cold and loneliness could be a comfort mochaccino with special Patagonia chocolate. This doesn't come cheap at $5.5 per cup but it's all worth it. Patagonia has fortunately improved to have the fastest free wifi in town. No it doesn't offer free 'charging' of laptops but I guess newer models of laptops now allow up to 4 hours of battery even under heavy usage.

Seriously, the joy of working on emails while having a view of the Lake Wakatipu is beyond compare. It's one of the things I will remember most in Queenstown.

Today I talked with an Indian (born) lady who grew up in NZ. She was lovely and very fluent. She lives comfortably in Auckland but she said that Queenstown is where she and her husband want to live in the future. Queenstown is a small town in NZ - it is actually the most expensive place to live in New Zealand because of lesser jobs available and high cost of living.

For what it's worth, I'll enumerate issues with living in Queenstown... not that they all matter because I think once you try living here, all the nuisances might be worth it:
1. There's only one real grocery store - New World - over at Remarkables park. Sure there are others in town which I wouldn't even mention! They are too expensive.
2. The lack of jobs ... if you're a chef or manager of customer services, you might get a chance to live here... otherwise, you need to be really wealthy or you need to have substantial inheritance!
3. There's a lack of activities for residents. Sure there are a lot of things to do for tourists! Queenstown is living on tourism! But those who actually live here? All year round? Too quiet in May - June.  If you're adventurous and love walking, riding, running, then this is the place for you. If you love culture... sadly that's what Queenstown and pretty much the rest of NZ doesn't have... (expect Rotorua where there is a strong presence of indigenous culture...)
4. Food is very western... Not much options in terms of good value fruits and vegetables
5. Too far from other countries - it's located at the edge of the world... unless you have good friends and family around, you can get a little too lonely.

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