Puzzling World, Wanaka

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Address: 188 Wanaka-Luggate Hwy, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand

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Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

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Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World is a tourist attraction near Wanaka, New Zealand. It started out as just a single level maze in 1973, but over the years expanded to add overbridges to the maze design (thus creating the world's first 3-D maze), a large "puzzling café" where guests could try out several puzzles, five large rooms of optical illusions, the Leaning Tower of Wanaka (which has a backwards clock that was started on the eve of the new millennium) and other attractions (such as the Roman Bathrooms) that ascribe to their theme of "puzzling eccentricity". By 2007 Puzzling World had been visited over 2 million times. The optical illusion rooms include a set of rooms built at a 15 degree angle, containing illusions such as water apparently flowing uphill, the octagonal "Hall of Following Faces" with spot-lit hollow mask illusions on the walls, and a perspectively confusing room with a delayed video feed where visitors can see themselves afterwards with seemingly different heights depending on where they were positioned in the room. The operators of Puzzling World have for many years offered a monetary prize for anybody who can prove themselves to have psychic powers; all a potential winner needs to do is use their powers to locate a specific item located somewhere in Puzzling World's environs. To date the $100,000 prize goes unclaimed, although seven "professional" psychics have attempted the challenge.Puzzling World features a large maze in which the traveller must reach four corner towers before finding the middle courtyard (emergency doors are included for those who struggle).

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  • This place is impossible to describe. BUT it is a MUST SEE. Easy to spend 2 hrs.there. You will see things that are supposedly impossible! Friendly start at cafe with puzzles galore to play with and TRY to solve. Our 3rd visit. Plenty of quality puzzles, books and toys for sale. A happy place. :-)

  • Pretty interesting place. Alot of puzzles to play with. Friendly and fun staff members who genuinely wants you to take the puzzle challenges. Maze looks like easy to solve at first but it's really challenging. Bring your water bottle while attempting the difficult challenge. Overall a must visit place with friends or family.

  • Had a lot more fun than expected here. The tilted room and the 3d maze were particular highlights. It's very well organised with good signage, interesting facts to go with the displays and suggested photo ops. Well worth a visit.

  • Actually pretty good value. The kids loved the maze, the tilted house thing was very cool and the staff are friendly and really helpful. Spent a good couple of hours here during school hols.

  • Fascinating place in a stunning part of NZ. Allow yourself time to really check out all the illusions as they're pretty cool, as easy to miss if you rush through. The puzzles at the start are a nice touch too if you have time to chill and try to solve.The maze is fun as far as mazes go, though could do with some puzzles to solve along the way to make it more engaging for the kids.

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