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Giselle Dexter - Queensbury

Giselle Dexter has fully embraced permanent living in her lofty container home at Queensbury near Wanaka. She now resides next door to her son and his wife, in a 12m container that is now her cosy home.

"I thought about earth homes and that sort of thing but I'm too old for that now. I didn't want to have a mortgage at any cost and I wanted something easy to look after. I'm on leasehold land here and this can be picked up and moved. My son thinks I'm absolutely nuts but that's okay," she laughs.

The 30sqm home has an office, mezzanine floor bedroom, mini logburner and separate bathroom. Dexter says there's room aplenty for her and her hard-of-hearing companion, Sophie the dog.

It's a far cry from her previous job, managing a high-rise apartment building in Auckland, but Dexter says she's loving the rural life, waking every day to different skyscapes over the Upper Clutha valley. "There is no need for curtains up here."