Under-the-bridge vacation ends
The tourist who spent three weeks under the Queenstown bridge ended his adventure and flew home on Tuesday.
New Zealand-born Timothy Randall, 29, who arrived in Queenstown with $150 in his pocket, had a family friend buy him a ticket home to Auckland.
Randall said his adventure living under the bridge near Queenstown Library had come to an end.
‘‘I feel relieved now....I need a shave. I look like I’ve been in the bush for a year,’’ he said.
When Randall flew from Sydney he was expecting to pocket a $400 tax refund on arrival and planned to use that money to see his family in the North Island.
Without the community’s help he was in a ‘‘financially desperate position’’.
He had attempted to make some money by busking but he only earned 70 cents in two nights.
Randall said generous locals gave him a sleeping bag, food and about $40 in total over three weeks. Queenstown community support centre Happiness House also provided warm layers, a blanket and daily showers.
It was Randall’s first time visiting the South Island and seeing snow on the mountains.
‘‘I’m almost 30 years old and I spend all my life devoted to family and working.
‘‘It was time for me to see the part of this country that I’ve never seen before,’’ he said.
‘‘I need a shave. I look like I've been in the bush for a year.’’