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“Amazing place and should go if in Wanaka”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Puzzling World

Puzzling World
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US$14.14*
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Combo Admission to Puzzling World
Ranked #1 of 6 Shopping in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Amazing place and should go if in Wanaka”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

I was a little dubious as I am not usually interested in man made places like puzzling world but now a convert and you should go at least once and especially if you have kids from 7 up would be cracking the maze with you. Our friend approaching 70 was having boasting rights.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Sallee M
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Hi Sallee,

Thanks for your brilliant review!

Converting non-believers is what we do best! Just for kids? - nah, tourist trap? - nah, seen it before? - nah, pricey? - no way!

Indeed 7 to 70 would be fair age range for Maze-goers but we get a tonne of toddlers and OAPS who get a blast out of cruising the paths and over-bridges too :)

We look forward to you gaining bragging rights next time when we see you again at PW!

Kind regards
Duncan
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“worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

amazing fun for everyone old or young sorry we visited during school holidays on a wet day so was very crowded and lots of unattended children

Visited April 2014
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your great review!

I'm very happy you agree with our "great for all ages" mantra but less so about the unattended kiddies and the effect on your enjoyment :(

Whilst we try through repeated signage, cctv notices and regular room checks to ensure adults are indeed supervising their offspring/students, unfortunately some kids (and adults too) take the fun spirit of the place a little too far, so sorry about that

We look forward to welcoming you again during a more serene to PW!

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Duncan
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fun for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Still have great memories of this place. So much more than I expected. Optical illusions which completely confuse your brain. Many exhibits hands on or better still you actually walk into them and become part of the fun. Some outside exhibits but most inside so good for a rainy day.

Visited June 2013
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Hi weegordie

Thanks for your excellent review

I'm so pleased we could create some great memories of your NZ trip and that you enjoyed the interactivity of the place :)

We like to absorb the visitor in the theme so that inside, outside or even in the loos you are indeed "part of the fun"

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

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Duncan
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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“Give yourself plenty of time for this!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

The inside attractions are both amusing and educational - it's great to push the brain to it's limits with some of the illusions, and the tilt room is great fun, confusing your sense of balance! We got through all the inside sections (taking as much time as we wanted in each thing) relatively quickly, so I thought initially that the entrance price was a bit steep for the content. However, THEN we went to try the Maze! That alone gobbled up nearly two hours or wandering back and forth, trying to reach all the towers and getting hopelessly lost a few times!

Make sure you choose to go to Puzzling World on a day when it is not raining or too cold to spend a long time outdoors. People will say it's a good 'indoor' activity, but really if you only go for the inside stuff you are missing a lot! So give yourself plenty of time and good weather and do the lot to really get your money's worth!

PS - even if you don't need to.. USE THE TOILETS! They are the best I've ever seen, such fun!!

Visited October 2013
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Hi Gillian

Thanks for your great review (and superb photos!)

I'm really glad to hear that you saw value in the Combo package although we'd like to think even $14 for 5 Illusion Rooms and heaps of wall art etc etc also represents good "bang for your buck"

Thanks for your "good for all weather" endorsement - would tend to agree that purely focussing on the indoor stuff would be a shame.

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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“A great way to spend an afternoon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Really enjoyed the maze as haven't done it for a long time. The illusion rooms were amazing and the new rooms are really clever!

Visited May 2014
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Hi Serpentine

Thanks for your sweet little review !

Welcome back, we always love it when returning customers visit and love all the new stuff we add - makes the effort all worthwhile :)

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
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