Queenstown's Underwater World observatory has been turned into a virtual time machine called 'Time Tripper', telling the story of how New Zealand, and in particular Queenstown, came to be. Fossils that are millions of years old have been found in the Otago region, so 'Time Tripper' is no far-fetched fantasy.
Animation Research Limited was hired to create the vision for 'Time Tripper', transforming history into a brand new video experience. Says ARL Managing Director Ian Taylor, "I had this idea about the dinosaurs that were being found in the South Island and basically thought, what if we built a time machine. Take people back and show them dinosaurs".
The new attraction will service around three million visitors who make their way to Queenstown each year. Māori history, the formation of Lake Wakatipu and some unusual creatures, are all part of the new attraction bringing a different kind of thrill to the tourist hot spot.