Te Anau is what you might call a time warp – but it has been decided that what he wants is his own time zone.
When the rest of the country moves their clock forward this week, Te Anau will do it for good.
“Well the process is we just won’t agree with the government, we’ll just do our thing and spend an hour!” Says Stu Cordelle, director of Visit Fiordland. “We are on time for Te Anau!” “
Freshly erected signs encourage visitors to set their clocks to Te Anau time.
The generally bustling front door to Fiordland is currently dead – and tour operators say an extra hour in the day gives people more time to do all the area has to offer.
From taking a seaplane to a quiet bay:
“There aren’t many places in New Zealand where you can walk up and down Main Street and the locals love it, we are in luck,” said Kylie Krippner, CEO of Wings & Water.
Sail on a motor yacht from the 1930s for an elegant journey through time.
“It feels pretty timeless, so the idea of a slow, relaxed pace. She sails at around 7 knots, it’s a lovely way to watch the world go by,” said Adam Butcher, owner / operator of Fiordland Historic Cruises. .
“Oh, this is exceptional, how seriously we have daylight here for an hour and a half longer than the rest of the country,” said Chris Adams, owner of Fiordland Jet.
“Come take a late jet boat trip, cycle back, do the Kepler Track, have a beer with the sun still out.”
In addition to the spectacular scenery, visitors also have more time to enjoy the famous Fiordland hospitality – that extra hour lends itself well enough to an extra drink.
“There is no rush here, you have time, you have plenty of time, arrive make sure you have a few days, lots of things to do, just be relaxed and forget your clock,” Adams says.
Remember to wind your clock when you leave.