Take a look inside!
Hover over (or tap) the map to explore the attractions we have at Puzzling World.
We have the world’s first 3-D ‘Super Maze’, a large Puzzle Centre/Cafe, plus an incredible collection of Illusion Rooms that have to be seen to be believed.
The themes of wonder and visual trickery doesn’t just come with admission, as some of our attractions are free
Welcome to Wanaka's Wonderful World of Weirdness!
We won't let your eyes (or brain) rest for a minute here at Puzzling World.
Every wall you'll encounter between each Illusion Room carries incredible artwork, brain teasers and optical illusions that will amaze, educate and leave you wondering "what the?!"
With much of what you see also available to purchase from our gift shop, you can take a piece of Puzzling World home with you to marvel and share the fun.
When you enter Puzzling World you don't need to squeeze by a ticket counter manned by a soul-less individual just to have a look inside.
Here we invite you to come in, check out our Puzzle Centre, shop & cafe, view the videos and history wall, read the info (offered in 16 languages) and if you're still not sure what we're all about - ask our friendly staff for help.
When you decide to buy admission for one or all of our attractions (as most do) here is where you'd do it. Welcome to Puzzling World.
An icon of the south, The Leaning Tower of Wanaka is tilted at an astounding 53 degrees and balances on just one corner!
Grab the chance to get a great shot of friends or family seemingly holding, ripping or getting crushed by this crazy piece of architecture.
Even the public toilets at Puzzling World are a lesson in perspective as we give the term “truly historic proportions” a whole new meaning!
Also, make sure a visit to the Illusion Room toilets isn't missed as more visual treats await the user.
The Great Maze
This iconic attraction has its beginnings here with the world’s first 3-D ‘Super Maze’. Built in 1973, the Great Maze began a world-wide “Maze Craze” with the objective being to negotiate pathways, underpasses and over-bridges to seek four corner towers before finding the exit to the central courtyard.
The design also includes several Emergency Exits to assist those with little time or patience and offers a fun challenge for all ages.
The geographical centre of the business, our large sunny courtyard is a great place to eat your lunch, wait for your friends or family to complete the maze and enjoy the natural surroundings.
With 8 large tables in the outdoor area and long bench-style options under cover even the largest group is catered for.
From NZ made wooden puzzles, string puzzles and metal creations to the latest family games and much more, all ages and stages are covered in our large gift shop.
We work hard to bring an outstanding range into our shop and can help you find a perfect educational and interactive souvenir of your time at Puzzling World.
It’s time to engage the brain with some of Puzzling World’s most popular puzzles laid out on dozens of tables for you to try.
We want to help unlock some of that puzzling potential you have inside, so don't be shy, pick up a puzzle and give it a go, but it's nice to know - trained staff are on hand to help out if required.
Feeling hungry? Why not work on a solution while enjoying a drink or bite to eat from our onsite café?
Walk through one of the world’s largest displays of incredible 3-D Hologram photos and features that include NZ’s only Holoboxx display and our very own Mirrorscope hologram.
Science, pop culture and history are all explored in a truly fascinating manner.
Travelling with small children? You may need to lift them up to enjoy some of the holograms - but they'll thank you for it!
Why build anything normal when your theme is ‘eccentricity’?!
Four skewed, yet connected towers have been welcoming visitors into Wanaka for over 25 years and give a glimpse into what Puzzling World is all about – being fun, unique and just a little bit weird.
You can walk onto the deck to capture a great shot or attempt to look like your pushing, holding or balancing the towers.
Be prepared to be baffled as we ask the questions – can water flow uphill? how does a monorail go from floor to ceiling? is it me or the room that’s moving?!
Your understanding of true horizontal will go crazy in a room where logic is defied.
Just a wee note: if you suffer from balance issues you're welcome to try this room but don't worry we have "by-pass gates" if you're struggling :)
Hall Of Following Faces
Discover the eerie sensation as 168 famous faces seemingly follow your every move in a room invented by Puzzling World creator, Stuart Landsborough and sculptor, Derek Ball.
Drawing on your innate abilities to recognise when you’re being watched, this large octagonal room offers the chance to feel like you're surrounded by greatness and just has to be experienced.
Our very own Forced Perspective, or Ames Room is a simple, yet incredible illusion.
Witness the amazing distortion of this specially designed room where dwarfs & giants are created and where kids can finally outgrow their parents just by crossing the floor!
A video playback as you leave the room offers the ability to watch yourself shrink or grow within its walls.
Immerse yourself in a large, light-filled space filled with incredible illusionary displays from some of NZ’s most talented sculptors.
From floor to ceiling, architectural trickery and artistic talent combine to offer an award-winning building that is sure to impress.
2014 N.Z Commercial Project Awards
Gold Award - Tourism and Leisure
Winner of Project category - Tourism and Leisure
Gold Award - Under $2million category
To see more images in our gallery, click here
As a guide, The Great Maze should take you between 30-60 mins and for visiting our Illusion Rooms allow 30 mins.