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“Fun way to spend a few hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Puzzling World

Puzzling World
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US$14.14*
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Ranked #1 of 6 Shopping in Wanaka
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Hamilton, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun way to spend a few hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

I got frustrated in the maze! Both children ran off and got temporarily lost. Friendly staff. Enjoyed the inside activities and visual perception exhibits .

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Maryrose W
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 18 July 2014
Hi Mary-rose,

Thanks for your great review

Frustrated in the maze? - it's a patience game alright and I understand if the wee ones tested this to it's limits already! I'm glad you cared that they were lost - some carers actively encourage it here :)

I love that enjoyed our illusion rooms so much and especially that you found us "friendly"!

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
Manager
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Caves Beach, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Loads of fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Great time had by all at Puzzling World. Great for kids and adults too. Lovely friendly staff. Great place when weather is not great for outdoor activities.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Louise H
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 18 July 2014
Hi Louise,

Thanks for your cracking review

You've certainly covered off what we're about - fun for all ages, great staff and a great activity (can I say for all weather :))

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
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Napier, New Zealand
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71 reviews
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“The maze is too old”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

Old & tired in places. Great staff - enthusiastic and friendly. Needs more investment in the facilities. The maze in particular has seen better days.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Paul S
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your review

To be honest, other than your kind comment about our staff your review has me perplexed.

Over the past 18 months nearly $3M has been spent upgrading, renovating and extending not only all of the interior and exterior (including car-park) but also most recently the maze?!?!

Certainly areas remain (courtyard, gardens, some carpeting) that are slated to get refurb'ed after these holidays and the new surface laid in the maze has meant boards and surfaces have been, for the moment, given a coat of lime chip in places, but I can't agree with you here.

Considering we welcome over 190,000 people each year we believe the business is kept in great shape and we work hard and invest heavily to ensure this.

Perhaps you could drop me a line to explain your concerns further?

Kind regards

Duncan
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Check your view of reality before you go in!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We didn't go into the maze because it was covered in black ice, but the undercover stuff is just astounding. Really warps your brain. Some big and impressive "immersive" optical illusions, lots of puzzles to play with, well worth the $17? entry. Look out for the "trompe l'oeil" toilets, theyre a work of art in themselves

Visited May 2014
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your great review

Bad snow day/rest day/any day is good to visit I reckon!

I love your phrase "frustrating fun" for the maze and that you found the illusion rooms "amazing"

While our café doesn't do gourmet we believe the selection caters for most tastes and ages and offers a quick easy solution to enjoy while at the puzzle tables. Did you see our Kids snack pack, cheese rolls, toasties etc as well? - definitely geared to the wee ones :)

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great fun for all ages”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is a great attraction in Wanaka, at any age , the optical illusions are great fun, maze is great, ( frustrating ! ) great, we had a great 3 hours just with maze, rooms, puzzle tables, and cafe, staff were fantastic, the road to west coast had been recently closed and they were personally approaching everybody to let them know - great attraction, reasonablly priced - recommend when in wanaka

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank pemb1est
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PuzzlingWorld, Manager at Puzzling World, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hi Pemb,

Thanks for your sensational review!

I'm stoked you enjoyed everything on offer so much and that you appreciated our staff doing their bit to help out with the affected travellers :)

Anytime "great" makes an appearance 6 times in a review surely is a good (no, great) thing!!

We look forward to welcoming you back to PW!,

Kind regards
Duncan
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