Sunday, September 23, 2007

Puzzling World

In Wanaka, on New Zealand's South Island, there is a really fun visitors' center for the whole family. If you go to Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, you are sure to find something to please the whole family. When I went, I was with fellow travelers ranging from age 2 to age 70-something, and we all had a great time (there were 7 of us). The outdoor maze was challenging, the illusion rooms were fascinating, and even the toilets made us all laugh out loud.

I think my favorite was the Ames illusion room. It was used in The Lord of the Rings films to create illusion in viewers' perspective, making the hobbits look smaller than average (or was everyone else made to look bigger?). With our group, we were able to invert one family, making the kids appear to be bigger than their parents. Of course, all had a good laugh at that one.

If you are driving toward Queenstown from the north, a stop in Wanaka is a good idea. We spent the morning at Puzzling World, had lunch at the lake, and were in Queenstown by late afternoon. It was a fun day for all of us, and a stop well worth making when you travel across that amazing land.


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