PHOTO: DEBBIE JAMIESON/STUFF Snow is a lure for many Australians buying property in Queenstown.

The lure of snowy mountains and short flights are making Queenstown an attractive housing market for our neighbours from across the ditch.

Manly-based Doug Howe is one of thousands of Australians eyeing up property in the South Island’s luxury resort town.

Howe and his wife, Lou, purchased a Queenstown property in May with Sydney friend Katy Duncan and her husband.

“I live in an endless summer in Manly. When I need to get a snow fix, I look to New Zealand and Queenstown. Now I have the best of both worlds only 3.5 hours apart,” Howe said.