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Puzzling World, Wanaka

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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. Plan your visit to Puzzling World and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Wanaka vacation planner.
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  • I was impressed with the additions that have been made to this attraction over the years since I last visited. The illusions are excellent, although we felt a bit queasy after a time. I especially enj...  more »
  • Four of us, aged 9,21,38,and 69 had such a fun during our visit to puzzling world. The 9 year old was by far the best in the maze...it was way too difficult for my old brain but I enjoyed trying to ge...  more »
  • Had a great time getting lost in the maze & marvelling at the illusion rooms, I wouldn't recommend it on a rainy day (outdoor maze) but if the sun is shining you can't beat the combo deal for $20 an a...  more »
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  • Peculiar attraction, which is exactly what they are after. Some "illusions" and installations I knew from (art) school, but still, many were new and interesting. Also to some extent to our toddler. The big area before entering the illusion rooms has numerous puzzles and toys, which he enjoyed a lot, as were many other kids, and adults.
  • Loved this place. If you love to see and do things that challenge or just break your mind, this place is where it's at. So glad we made the drive. Made for a great morning.
  • Very cool place for kids and adults! Good luck in the maze! I especially liked the room that messed with your sense of gravity. The lounge and cafe is awesome too, lots of puzzles to exercise your brain and let kids play around.
  • Definitely worth a stop if you want to get entertained. separate entries for puzzle world and maze. Lots of puzzles just outside in the lounge area if you just want to sit have a coffee and get your brains worked out.
  • A few interesting attractions. Wouldn't say it was amazing but definitely puzzling. The maze was interesting and the tilted room made me feel sick.