About Us

Cloudbase instructors have many years of experience flying locally and overseas. The owner of Cloudbase is Grey Hamilton and he has been flying for 28 years and instructing paragliding since 1998.

Among many flying expeditions over the years some of Grey’s most memorable flights have been vol biv (flying/camping) expeditions to Pakistan 2010/12, flying across the Himalayan mountains 2016 (north to south) attaining an altitude above 7000m! along the way, vol biv expedition to eastern Indian Himalayan mountains in 2017) and being a member of the NZ team to the World Paragliding Championships (Pyrenees, Spain 1997). As well he has competed in a large number of national country competitions in Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Italy.

In the winter of 2018 in July Grey and close friend and Cloudbase XC Instructor Jean Brossard, completed an expedition from Germany to Slovenia and back to Austria. Even though the weather wasn’t the best they still managed a number of 100+ km flights along the way.

Grey previously owned and ran Nimbus Paragliding School (1998-2001) in Christchurch and has been the past president of the Canterbury Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club. He has also been a past executive member of the NZHGPA.

In the recent past, over a number of years, Grey has been Chief Tandem pilot for Wanaka Paragliding before deciding in 2017 to start Cloudbase Paragliding NZ in Christchurch. Grey and the instructor team (Ryan Scarlett and Brian Lotter) welcome you to our Cloudbase school 🙂