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Queenstown is an international resort town where you can enjoy every style of working holiday. The town is situated in the region of Otago, in the south of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin lake formed by glacial processes that is shaped like a staggered lightning bolt and enjoys spectacular views of nearby mountains.

The town is the largest centre in Central Otago and the third largest in Otago. In recent years, Queenstown's hotels, B&Bs, lodges and hostels have become a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Queenstown provides adventure tourism during the day and a vibrant nightlife scene during the evenings that is a magnet for all ages and walks of life. Consequently living here is by no means cheap but you get what you pay for - and Queenstown is stunningly beautiful. Queenstown also has a reputation for being the 'Adventure Capital of the World', with an alpine climate of winters that see clear blue skies contrasted against the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Summers have long warm days with temperatures that can reach 30°C. Queenstown is the ultimate cosmopolitan resort town. With views over Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Remarkables Range, it is the perfect destination all year round. Nearby historic Arrowtown is a quaint town that has been beautifully preserved. With its picturesque tree-lined streets and preserved  miners' cottages, it’s a walk back to the 19th century.

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