Wa­ter as wild or mild as you like

New Hy­dro At­tack tourist at­trac­tion is the first of its kind

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

Is it a shark? Is it a plane? Is it a sub­ma­rine? Those are the ques­tions peo­ple could be ask­ing about the Hy­dro At­tack, Queen­stown’s lat­est tourist at­trac­tion, which is the first of its kind in the world. Hy­dro At­tack is a Wave Breaker X wa­ter­craft which is a sub­mersible wa­ter­craft pow­ered by a 260 horse power en­gine that can reach 80 kilo­me­tres per hour in un­der four sec­onds. When the Hy­dro At­tack breaches the lake sur­face it can launch the en­tire 18 ft length of the craft out of the wa­ter, trav­el­ling at 80kmh. While sub­mersed it can travel at 40kmh. The Wave Breaker X was pre­vi­ously the do­main of su­per­rich su­per yacht own­ing class, who favour it as a way of im­press­ing guests, but get­ting one to Lake Wakatipu for tourist thrills was the idea of Queen­stown­ers David Lynott, Ol­lie O’Neill and Lee Ex­cell. ‘‘We saw one on the net, were blown away by what it could do and thought the tourists would lap up the chance to ride in one if there was one in the lake,’’ Mr Lynott said. The Hy­dro At­tack op­er­a­tion was of­fi­cially launched on Fri­day morn­ing. First to try out the at­trac­tion was Jac­qui McLean. ‘‘It’s like For­mula One rac­ing on wa­ter. ‘‘What’s re­ally amaz­ing is when the amaz­ingly clear blue wa­ter passes over you as you sub­merge, and the feel­ing you get as you launch out of the lake, which is kind of like wa­ter­ski­ing. There were a few screams, be­cause you pick up some quite amaz­ing g-force, but they were good screams.’’

Hy­dro At­tack co-owner Lee Ex­cell with the com­pany’s first pas­sen­ger Jac­qui McLean on Fri­day morn­ing. The Hy­dro At­tack team has another Wave Breaker ar­riv­ing in the new year, and are happy to cater to thrills of all lev­els. ‘‘Our motto is ‘we’ll go as wild or mild as you like’ – so we’re happy to push the craft or let the cus­tomer just en­joy the view,’’ Mr Lynott said. Painted with a shark mo­tif, and launch­ing out of the wa­ter, the Hy­dro At­tack looks like some­thing a James Bond vil­lain would use, and should be hard to miss. Half hour trips on the Hy­dro At­tack cost $159. For fur­ther de­tails see hy­droat tack.co.nz or drop in to the kiosk on Queen­stown’s water­front near Earnslaw Park.

Pho­tos: GRANT BRYANT 628662586

F1 on wa­ter: Lake Wakatipu’s lat­est tourist at­trac­tion the Hy­dro At­tack – likened to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing For­mula One rac­ing on wa­ter – on its first of­fi­cial trip on Fri­day. Hy­dro At­tack co-own­ers David Lynott, left, and Ol­lie O’Neill are ‘‘stoked’’ with the op­er­a­tion’s launch.

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