Plans for a commercial water-propelled ''jet pack''
attraction for tourists on Queenstown Bay were met with
caution when the possible noise the venture would generate
was discussed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Queenstown Flyboard sought a licence to occupy St Omer Park
to operate its water-based activity, which involves a jet
board connected to a jet ski which lets users fly through the
air and dive into the water.
Council operations general manager Ruth Stokes told
councillors last week the commercial activity was in line
with the reserve management plan for the area and the
activity would further the public's enjoyment of the lake and
She recommended the council approve a licence to occupy for
one year initially for evaluation, subject to the operator's
gaining resource consent for its operation, organising public
liability insurance and supplying an audited health and
safety plan, approved by the harbourmaster.
The company sought to establish a gazebo for ticket sales, a
changing tent, desk and chair and a store of clothing and
towels for the activity on part of the 650m long lakeside
Cr Lex Perkins said the operation ''looked noisy'', judging
by the photographs enclosed in the report, and said St Omer
Park was the only park left without major commercial activity
Cr Cath Gilmour did not agree Queenstown Flyboard fitted with
the reserve management plan.
She said what was proposed was a different activity than the
other existing operation off the park, the comparatively
silent Kayak Adventures Queenstown, which was also based
further away from visitor accommodation towards the One Mile
Roundabout end of the park.
When a question was raised as to who owned Queenstown
Flyboard was met with silence councillors decided they did
not know enough about the proposed activity or the company to
approve a licence to occupy.
The council decided the application should go through the
public notification process.
Cr Russell Mawhinney said Queenstown Flyboard wanted to start
operating on December 1, so there was time for public