REVIEW: Puzzling World, New Zealand

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 “Eccentricity at its best”


Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is a world-unique attraction with the theme of puzzling eccentricity!

We decided to visit this unique place to take some amazing photos of the crazy buildings and toilets, the Illusion Rooms and the Great Maze, the world’s first ‘modern-styled’ maze, which is a fascinating challenge for everyone.

This remarkable attraction has entertained and amazed visitors for over 40 years and is apparently one of the most photographed places in all of New Zealand.

It’s located in the heart of the breath-taking Southern Lakes region of the South Island of New Zealand.


As you enter you are immediately struck by the Leaning Tower of Wanaka and the crazy architecture of the four eccentric Tumbling Towers. The tower was been pulled out of the ground and is balanced on one corner at an unbelievable 53 degrees! The Leaning Tower of Pisa only leans six degrees. So they’ve already beat that record! The next exhibition is The Great Maze, which is full of 1.5km of passages so allow 30 minutes to one hour to get round the maze. It took me 34 minutes to get round he entire maze and reach each of the four coloured towers. However there are apparently emergency doors for those with limited time, patience or energy!

Once out of the maze and you go inside you pass through The Hologram Wall in The Illusion Rooms of Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World. You have to see it to believe it and each is an illusion in its own right. Next, is The Hall of Moving Faces where there are 168 giant models of famous faces that seem to follow you around the room as you walk away.

As you then carry on you come across The Ames Room which was a technique used in The Lord of the Rings film to create tall people and little people. It completely blows your mind as the room is totally distorted although when viewed from outside through a window, the room looks perfectly normal so prepare for some serious mind tripping!

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There is also The Tilted House which is a room tilted at an angle of fifteen degrees and all the displays inside are normal yet when you enter the room the illusion is so strong that your brain is convinced the room cannot be sloping. The brain then straightens up the room at the expense of the displays that seem to hang at impossible angles. Completely and utterly mind blowing!

And as if that doesn’t top it off, they also have Roman-style toilets!


The whole experience is completely mind blowing and a great experience for anyone visiting Wanaka! A must do trip, so grab your camera and go wild at Puzzling World!


Tickets at $17.50 for combo admission to the attraction or $15 if you are on Kiwi Experience!

Opening hours: 365 days a year, 8.30am – 5.30pm.

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Many thanks to Puzzling World for providing me with a complimentary tickets for the combo admission. They did not request a favourable review and all opinions here are my own.
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