Puzzling World

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Puzzling World near Wanaka, New Zealand; the Leaning Tower of Wanaka can be seen on the left.

Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World is a tourist attraction near Wanaka, New Zealand. It started out as just a single level maze in 1973, but over the years expanded to add overbridges to the maze design (thus creating the world's first 3-D maze), a large "puzzling café" where guests could try out several puzzles, five large rooms of optical illusions, the Leaning Tower of Wanaka (which has a backwards clock that was started on the eve of the new millennium) and other attractions (such as the Roman Bathrooms) that ascribe to their theme of "puzzling eccentricity". The operators of Puzzling World have for many years offered a monetary prize for anybody who can prove themselves to have psychic powers; all a potential winner needs to do is use their powers to locate a specific item located somewhere in Puzzling World's environs. To date the $100,000 prize goes unclaimed, although seven "professional" psychics have attempted the challenge. Puzzling World features a large maze in which the traveler must reach four corner towers before finding the middle courtyard (emergency doors are included for those who struggle).

The SculptIllusion Gallery[edit]

A large gallery, opened in 2012, displays illusionary sculptures and architectural wonders and showcases New Zealand sculptors and designers.

The Leaning Tower of Wanaka[edit]

The Leaning Tower of Wanaka is, as the name implies, a tower that is seemingly impossibly balanced on one corner, making the whole structure lean at an angle of 53 degrees to the ground.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Leaning and tumbling towers' on Puzzling World website, viewed 2011-07-30

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Coordinates: 44°41′49″S 169°09′43″E / 44.697°S 169.162°E / -44.697; 169.162