Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World - Queenstown
Take a break in the Puzzling Centre & Cafe, where you can play games and solve puzzles while you sip on a latte. Don't forget to look up - part of the ceiling is like a giant Kaleidoscope.
Unique puzzle theme park set in seven acres of land, just two kilometres from Lake Wanaka. Attractions include illusion rooms, a giant maze, tilted house, gift shop & cafe. Great family day out.
Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World is one of New Zealand's most popular attractions, established in 1973 from a single maze, and now encompassing seven beautiful acres of mind-boggling puzzles, illusions and family fun.
The first thing you'll notice, are the amusing Tumbling Towers, a good indication of the craziness of the place. Be amazed at the Leaning Tower of Wanaka; an impossible structure, groaning out of the ground at an angle of 53 degrees (its sister, in Pisa, leans at just 6 degrees....), and if that isn't strange enough for you, your brain will be tickled at the Illusion Rooms - with some incredible 3D images in the Hologram Hall, and the paranoia-filled Hall of Following Faces, where 168 famous visages appear to follow you around the room. Unnerving!
Carry on to the Ames Forced Perspective Room, which looks normal from the outside, until you enter, and you find your head hitting the ceiling, or your hand unable to reach the light switch. Did you grow? Did you shrink? Or maybe your mind is just playing tricks on you...just like in the Tilted Room, built at a 15 degree angle yet, when you step inside, everything seems flat and normal. How can that be?
The latest offering, The Sculptlillusion Gallery features over 20 large sculptures, artworks and displays in an award-winning building that offers illusionary aspects within its design. With living walls, wave ceilings, stone carpet and impossible waterfalls the visitor is met with stunning ideas that help complement the feeling of wonder these rooms evoke.
The highlight, though, is the famous Great Maze. The world's first modern-style labyrinth, it has 1.5km of corridors and experts reckon it takes around an hour to complete, but some people are still running around like rabbits after twice that! Don't worry, there are emergency exits for those too frustrated to continue but, trust us, the feeling of achievement when you come out the other side, is well worth the sweat and tears! This is Puzzling World, after all - giving up is not an option!
Once you've tormented your brain (or, rather, after it's tormented you...), take a break in the Puzzling Centre & Cafe, where you can play games and solve puzzles while you sip on a latte or munch on a sandwich. A visit to the Roman Toilets is an amusing interlude, and the gift shop next door offers a huge range of collectibles, puzzles and souvenirs for you to take away.
Great Maze - Adult: $16, Child: $12
Illusion Rooms - Adult: $16, Child: $12
The Combo (Great Maze + Illusion Rooms) - Adult: $20, Child: $14
Please visit Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World for more details.