The owners of the hut did not know that they were harboring a fugitive. One of its owners, Steve Joyce, said over the phone, “Just because of the time of year, we don’t usually have many trampers coming in.”
After Mr. Bryant was unloaded by helicopter, he was taken to Mr. Taylor’s house in Dunedin City. There, Mr. Taylor said, the fugitive, who clearly appreciates the finer points of life, did a quick work of about 30 Bluff oyster, A bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and a small bottle of Mr. Taylor’s cognac before going to the authorities.
Mr. Taylor said he had no objection: “After spending a little time in that prison, I know what kind of nonsense they feed them, so I was very sympathetic, shall we say, to their wish that one Last decent recap. “
If Mr. Bryant had not opted to take his helicopter, and the police had to undergo a two-day walk to evacuate them, the events could have ended even worse, Mr. Taylor said.
“They must have been very angry police,” he said. “By that time, they would be armed with teeth, anything could have happened. Very unstable situation.”
Speaking to reporters outside Dunedin Central Police Station on Thursday, Mr. Bryant, wearing a blue surgical face mask, a Gucci T-shirt and Versace sunglasses, spoke of his time as “nowhere.”
“It was really good; I did a lot of yoga,” he said.
Then he stepped through the sliding doors and handed himself over to the authorities.