Squid’s green light to bring back boyhood buzz to Lake Wakatipu

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Queenstown Paraflights will operate fun watercraft from the town’s beach next summer after buying the existing business. 

Owner Chris ‘Squid’ Bradley (left) says the decision to purchase Queenstown Bay Hire – which rents out water bikes, pedalos and kayaks – was made with both his head and his heart. 

Bradley says: “We grew up here and used to play on them as kids, myself and one of the other partners. 

“They didn’t operate for two years. They had a year or two sitting in a paddock. 

“We tracked them down this summer and gave it a shot and it worked really well. “ 

The firm was granted a 10-year licence by Queenstown Lakes District Council last week, for a maximum of 15 non-motorised craft. 

“We’re hoping it will be a profitable business on its own but it’s not what we’re going to make our millions over. 

“It’s just something families can enjoy for $5 or $10 and there is nothing else like that on the water.”