Puzzling World, Wanaka

4.3
#1 of 7 in Fun & Games in Wanaka
Find a way out of the world's first 3D maze and boggle your noggin with the optical illusions at Puzzling World. From levitating sculptures to holograms, and from leaning houses to water flowing against gravity, this complex encompasses puzzles and oddities that appeal to visitors of all ages. The eccentric amusement park includes a cafe, picnic area, and gift shop on site. The complex is divided into several areas, some of which are admission free, while others require an entrance fee. Buying a combo ticket will give you access to the entire complex at a reduced cost. Use our Wanaka road trip planner to arrange your visit to Puzzling World and other attractions in Wanaka.
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  • Love the maze and the staff were super friendly and helpful with the difficult puzzles! Got there before 9am which meant there was hardly anyone else there, had the illusion rooms to ourselves and hea...  more »
  • We went there on a sunny day and it was crowded. I loved each and every single puzzles there.. some actually blew my mind. Since the sun was on top so I couldn't complete the entire maze (just touched...  more »
  • We all loved this place - both Adults and kids. We enjoyed the different rooms and were amazed by some and then we also did the maze outside. That was fun but exhausting. Extremely well done - we did ...  more »
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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. :-)
  • It's quite alright -- personally, the maze felt a little tiring especially if you're there in summer under the sweltering sun, but it starts to get fun when you find the individual points. Feels rewarding, I guess? As for the illusion rooms, only the tilted room was of much interest to me -- the others felt a little lame. But the tilted room makes up for it. It's worth checking out, especially if you're in the area and you've got some spare time. Even if you don't plan on doing the illusion rooms or the maze, they've got a bunch of puzzles sitting around in the cafe -- you can just play around with then to while away your time.
  • 3rd time going and still fun for the kids. Even if they are older now and too cool to do stuff. Oh and it is freezing outside in winter lol, even if the sun is shining take warm clothes
  • Was great fun for 2 adults some of the illusions are excellent and just so hard to comprehend. Easy to spend a couple of hours here and well priced. A must do in Wanaka.
  • LOVED this place - spent the whole day there!!. Definitely recommend!! Make sure you have comfortable shoes and plenty of sun block, and water in the summer for the outdoor maze!

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