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However, he said this idiom could not be applied in relation to the Feldwick Gates, entrance to Queens Park, one of the main assets of the city.
"It is magnificent. It is the perfect cover for this iconic park."
Sir Tim was among the people who were part of the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Feldwick Gates on Saturday.
The project cost for the Feldwick Gates tree removal and landscape improvements was estimated at $370,000.
"We took the opportunity to also rejuvenate the area around the gates, creating a new space for the community to gather and socialise while highlighting the beautiful gates themselves."
Invercargill resident Isis Jennings said Queens Park was the perfect place to take her children Logan and Lydia (3).
"They loved [it] and always found something new."