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The End Of Queenstown


Hey Everyone!

The Blog is back! After nearly 10 months of living in Queenstown, it is now my time to leave on a brand new adventure. Happy Days! I’m really excited for what’s to come, but the feeling was bittersweet when I had to say goodbye to all my friends. I have met so many wonderful people in Queenstown and it is always sad to say goodbye.

I spent my Queenstown days mostly working! I ended up with 3 jobs at the end – Reception for my accommodation at a great hostel called Bumbles, housekeeping in the day at come 5 star holiday apartments, and waitressing in the evening at Ballarat. I transferred there from Winnies, the pizza bar I first worked at. The team at Ballarat were amazing and I had an amazing time working with them and sometimes having one to many staffs with them!

Christmas and New Year was amazing. I wasn’t really looking forward to it as I know I would miss all my family and friends back home (especially Mum’s Christmas Dinner!) The people I spent Christmas with really made it. I spent the morning with the girls at the hostel; we had Christmas dinner outside in the 30degree heat and then ended up jumping in the lake because we were so hot! I then pottered round to Ruby & Jens and had a 2nd Christmas dinner with them and the nicest group of people I have met. We ended the day on the lakefront, getting a tad tipsy with nearly everyone else in Queenstown! Great day! New Year I had to working both evening and morning, but that didn’t stop me! I left Ballarat at 2am partied with everyone till 7am and then had to get up at 8am for a 14 hour work day! It wasn’t too bad because everyone was in the same boat and it was actually one of my favourite shifts ever in restaurants on New Year’s Day :)

At the beginning of December my friend Abby came to visit from Sydney. I ended up getting her to jump off a cliff (or be pushed!), showed her the nightlife of Queenstown (so many jagerbombs!) and went to the races for a day! We close when on a mini road trip to Wanaka. I had such a great time with such a good friend, and I can’t wait to see her in Sydney!

A few weeks before leaving Queenstown, me and another friend Marie went on a road trip. We drove to Oamaru on the East coast and up to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook. Driving around New Zealand is fantastic. Every turn you see something new and beautiful. We saw sea lions messing around on the beach and in the sea, and got really close to a couple of them too! We saw some penguins too (they stink!). It really geared me up for my 3 weeks road trip around the remainder of New Zealand.

My last week in Queenstown was one of the best. I moved out of Bumbles into Ruby & Jens flash new pad. I hardly worked which is always good! I spent Waitangi Day with the Ballarat crew, listening to reggae in the park and getting up to mischief  I went to Shotover Sunshine festival which had so many good Kiwi bands and loads of people I knew were there. Such a good day! The sun was shining and everyone was happy. I went to the reception of my bosses wedding and had plenty of time to get myself ready and say my goodbyes to everyone.
I’m currently one week into my road trip and loving every single minute of it. The next few days I’m going to try and get up to date with this blog!

Much love xx

Posted by sophie.lee 17:45 Archived in New Zealand

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Hello Sophie,
I just found your blog while searching about Queenstown in the web and I was wondering if you could answer me a few questions?
Is the cost of living in Qtown as high as most people claim it is?
Do snowboard instructors make a good living there?

Keep up the great work with the blog and best of luck in your adventures!


by Franklyn

Hi Franklyn,

The cost of living in Queenstown is high, but if you have a full time job thats no problem. I had to work for my accomodation because I only had part time hours so couldn't afford to pay rent. You are llooking to pay around $150NZD per week for rent but that money can get you different things in different places. For example in the middle of Queenstown you may have to share a room for that price but in a suburb called Fernhill you can get your wn double room for that.
I'm not too sure about snowboard instructors. I did have a mate who was a ski instructor with NZSKI and he only got paid for when he had lessons, had to be up the mountain by 8am in the morning and leave at like 7pm and maybe only have 2 1 hour lessons in that day... so only got paid for 2 hours. But then you get free mountain passes, free rental etc. He lasted the winter fine. And I suppose if you love snowboard being up the mountain all day would be perfect!
Queenstown is a spectacular place, and really comes alive in the winter. I would start applying now for a instructor role with NZSKI (they own the mountains around queenstown).

I hope this helps! Good Luck!

by sophie.lee

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