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Address: 188 Wanaka-Luggate Highway | Southern Lakes, Otago, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand (Formerly Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World)
Phone Number: +64 3-443 7489
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Welcome to Wanaka's wonderful world of weirdness! Puzzling World has been...

Welcome to Wanaka's wonderful world of weirdness! Puzzling World has been messing with people's heads since 1973. Bizarre buildings, rooms of illusions and our famous maze will baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality. Even if you only pay a visit to New Zealand's most unusual public toilets, your world will never be the same again. Seeing is disbelieving!

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Interesting for the whole family

We took the basic tour (no maze) and really find the place interesting. Recommended for families and people with open minds Must visit the toilets

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 May 2015
Chris Z
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New South Wales, Australia
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New South Wales, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

We took the basic tour (no maze) and really find the place interesting. Recommended for families and people with open minds Must visit the toilets

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Thanks for your great wee review Awesome to hear that you enjoyed the illusion rooms and toilets especially ;) You're spot on - all ages and stages get something out of a visit here and yes, an open mind always helps! Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you again in PW, Kind regards, Duncan Manager Puzzling World More 

Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

Had seen Puzzling World advertised and a few people mentioned it to us but was undecided whether to go until by chance up with a few hours spare. Ended up having a fun 2 or so hours walking the maze and going through the illusion rooms. There was a nice variety of activities and some entertainment value to be had... More 

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Nebulous, Thanks for your cool review! We love to exceed expectations and really add some unique fun to itineraries so I'm stoked we could do this for you ;) We hope to see you again at PW! Kind regards, Duncan Spear Manager Puzzling World More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Good illusions and a giant maze, albeit very frustrating. Would be great to go with friends, as a group, or with children. Fun and not too expensive. ($20 for an adult). The cafe has some challenging puzzles on the tables and there are things that make you question yourself.

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Coops, Thanks for your excellent review! Yep, i reckon like most of the best travel memories this is a place where they're best shared with friends or family. Racing each other in the maze, watching bodies shrink/grow in the ames room or figuring out how to crack a puzzle - all awesome to do with others :) Thanks again,... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Had a great time today at puzzling world! Two of us went today (ages 27/30), enjoyed the maze and illusions. Maze was great fun and ended up getting lost in it, bridges in the middle make it harder. Illusion rooms were a lot of fun! Spent time afterwards in the cafe trying out all the table too puzzles! Def recommend... More 

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Melanie, Thanks for your superb review! I love that you've included your ages to prove that indeed all ages enjoy what we have on offer here. What I also love is that you were clearly up for it all too as without a bit of "puzzle immersion" the fun factor would be somewhat depleted :) Thanks again, we look... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

Spent a few hours at the puzzling world... good illusions and fun to go with kids... can totally avoid the maze esp in the summers... good things to eat and drink while you rest it out... and yes, fun board games to explore as well while you eat / drink / rest

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Angirika & Salijain, Thanks for your positive review! I"m really glad you and the family enjoyed the Illusion Rooms and Puzzle Cafe but it was a shame you skipped the Great Maze (too hot for Mumbai locals!?) But yes, you can just choose the Illusion Room ticket if you like (and upgrade later if you want) Thanks again, we... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

We spent a few hours exploring the various things in the puzzling world.. the illusions are great and very good fun, esp with kids... the maze was quite frustrating esp in the summers when it is so hot outside.. can avoid the maze or go for the simplest one!

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Angirika & Salijain, Thanks for your positive review! I"m really glad you and the family enjoyed the Illusion Rooms and Puzzle Cafe but it was a shame you skipped the Great Maze (too hot for Mumbai locals!?) But yes, you can just choose the Illusion Room ticket if you like (and upgrade later if you want) Thanks again, we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

4 adults and 4 'Tweens' all enjoyed this attraction. The maze is a'maze'ing and quite difficult! We didn't get right to the end, so we'll need to come back and have another go! The illusion rooms were terrific, and we didn't get time to try out all the puzzles in the cafe area. Definitely coming back!

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Kirsty, Thanks for your cracking review! I'm so pleased the whole tribe had such a great time with us and I think your daughter has a career in tourism marketing with her "must-see" whereas mum, with your "aMAZEing"......hmm :) It sounds like you've got a decent portion of maze and puzzling to be completed so we really hope to... More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

This is a very unique and interesting place. We did both the five rooms and the maze in a couple of hours, and that was the perfect amount of time to spend. We got there when it opened, and when we left it was already packed with people. I don't think it would have been as enjoyable with a million... More 

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Avent, Thanks for your great review! "A very unique and interesting place" is an awesome way to begin a review so thanks heaps for that. A 1.5-2 hour visit is perfect I agree but it's possible to spend longer (or less if just keen on the highlights) of course :) Easter holidays are a busy time so crowds can... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Really enjoyed this - the maze was good fun and a perfect way of spending an hour or so during a long drive. Nice cafe too. A silly, enjoyable site!

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi Cuccir, Thanks for your sweet wee review! We've always pushed the slogan to 'stretch body and mind' during a drive with us, but with our "nice cafe" maybe I should add '....and your tummy' too?! We hope to see you again at PW Kind regards, Duncan Spear Manager Puzzling World More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

We brought our 3 children, 7, 5 and 1, they enjoyed themselves tremendously. We only had one day to explore Wanaka but this was indeed well-worth our time. The only downside is that the puzzles sold here are slightly overpriced.

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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review

Hi cymicc, Thanks for your great review! I'm so pleased your family chose us for their Wanaka option, great to hear you all enjoyed it Re - puzzle pricing - we love offering a lot of hard-wearing, NZ made, native wood puzzles as part of our range. What we don't love is that the unique, short-production run, high cost to... More 

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