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


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.”