Puzzling World

Puzzling World, Wanaka: Hours, Address, Puzzling World Reviews: 4.5/5

Puzzling World
4.5
Game & Entertainment Centres
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Grant O
Broadbeach, Australia30 contributions
Best attraction ever
Jun 2021 • Family
One of the best attractions for children and adults I have ever seen! Even though it was raining when we arrived we still occupied nearly 3 hours without noticing the time passing. The grandchildren were totally absorbed as was I.
Written 5 July 2021
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Elyse
28 contributions
Interesting
May 2021 • Solo
I'm not much of a puzzler I stopped here because i was travelling through Wanaka and was pleasantly surprised by the illusions room. There was a very diverse range of things to look at, and I really enjoyed the little museum of odd things and reading about Chindogu.
Written 5 June 2021
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Lucinda J
855 contributions
Don’t miss it
Apr 2021 • Couples
Do not miss this it’s so much fun. Bring your kids or do what we did and release your kid. Loved the illusions and the maze was a hoot
Written 1 June 2021
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Telly
Rolleston, New Zealand69 contributions
Well…
Mar 2021 • Family
Interesting place. The illusion rooms were amazing. Although, the room on an angle was amazing, be careful if you have balance, inner ear or other related issues. Both my husband and I felt ill after awhile, but the teens were happy as larry! Although after a long time one of them was spacing out 😄 The other areas were nice. We could have done without the maze! Teens gave up after 75 minutes and then couldn’t get out, husband lasted 15 minutes & bailed, and I gave it an hour. Honestly, unless you have time to kill, don’t go in there! The pricing is better if you purchase for both these for a family. Worth the visit, but wouldn’t make the drive from Queenstown to do it
Written 1 May 2021
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didee62
Christchurch, New Zealand274 contributions
A must do while in Wanaka 10/10
Apr 2021 • Couples
Firstly the guy who served us was great very funny.The maze is great but don’t give up like we did and took the cheats exit after about an hour.The rooms you go into are all themed but room 2 is one you have to do but it comes with a front of desk warning,suggest going when it first opens in the morning so you can see and try all the exhibits only a few people there at opening time as when we left the car park was full.This is a must do while in Wanaka,There are lots of mind puzzles to do also beside the cafe.We give this attraction a 10/10
Written 28 April 2021
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Phillip B
Palmerston North, New Zealand174 contributions
Confusing maze
Apr 2021 • Couples
My wife and I entered the maze. We found the 4 towers without to much stress. Then it was time to get out. Well what a mission that was. They say the average person walks between 3 and 5 km in the maze. Yes we had to be at 5km. We got close to taking an emergency exit but in the end we found the exit. Then we went through the illusion rooms. How they play with your mind. Yes if in Wanaka this should be on your list to do.
Written 8 April 2021
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Claire_M132013
Pahiatua, New Zealand36 contributions
Just amazing!
Mar 2021 • Couples
The time flew and we spent over 2 1/2 hours there - and could have stayed longer. The Great Maze is fun, although not too difficult if you know the secret. The Illusion Rooms are fantastic - very clever and really make you think about what you are looking at. And the whole venue really contributes to the experience, including the cafe and toilets! Highly recommended.
Written 20 March 2021
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Tarsha and Kristian
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Fabulous Fun!
Jan 2021 • Couples
A definite must visit. Puzzling World is lots of fun, so much to see and do, and lots of laughs too. We had a fabulous day and would go back for sure.
Written 13 March 2021
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M J
Dunedin, New Zealand8 contributions
Worth doing - unless you've already been in recent years
Mar 2021
Puzzling World is a fun experience, and something a bit different. The Illusion Rooms include some fascinating illusions and artwork, that are probably best targeted at older and curious children. Our 3.5yo was just a bit too young to appreciate most of them.

The thing is, I've been a few times over the years since I was a child (almost 40 years, yikes) and it feels like nothing has changed at all in recent years - so repeat visits don't feel particularly worthwhile. Everything feels a little tired and in need of a refresh.

We didn't do the outdoor maze on this visit, but will do it next time we visit with the kids - I'd highly recommend first-time visitors do the combo of the Maze + Illusion Rooms for the best overall experience.
Written 8 March 2021
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jorgmummyrox
64 contributions
A great time come visit NZ!
Mar 2021 • Family
We adored this place it was so much fun. We only got to find two towers due to small kids but was a great time regardless! What was sad was how quiet it was. The other time we went was so so busy we tripped over tourists. So sad poor NZ!
Written 2 March 2021
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