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Wanaka's Puzzling World is continuing to offer eye-
popping experiences with further enhancements to the
iconic tourist attraction.
This summer, visitors are in for fresh revelations thanks
to the hard work put in by the Puzzling World team
throughout the year.
The newest addition to the attraction's renowned front
lawn -- which includes the famous Leaning Tower of
Wanaka -- is another folly called The Impossible Steps.
The steps were installed by Amalgamated Builders
(ABL), the same team that built Puzzling World's award-
winning Sculptillusion Gallery. ABL also renovated the
entire façade of the popular Tumbling Towers.
Designed to give visitors yet more photo opportunities,
either using the Leaning Tower of Wanaka as a
backdrop or as a crazy snap by itself, The Impossible
Steps are already attracting a big following.
The Leaning Tower of Wanaka, along with the entire
exterior and interior of all buildings, has been refreshed
with a new colour scheme and the Great Maze has
undergone a complete resurfacing, repainting and
board replacement project.
Puzzling World's founder Stuart Landsborough has
had some of his prized puzzle collection re-housed in
a brand new display cabinet inside the Puzzle Centre,
and the History Wall has been given new imagery and
a timeline to bring this important feature to life.
Education, while having fun, is an important aspect
at Puzzling World and plans to add multi-lingual
information apps to the Illusion Rooms are well
underway. The apps will allow visitors to delve deeper
into the stories and facts behind the development of
the rooms showing how they work to baffle brains.
Tracking apps will be installed in The Great Maze this
summer, designed so people can see personal time
and distance measurements undertaken, while solving
"We're excited to add experiences for our customers
that utilise modern technology in a way that helps
to launch us into our fifth decade of operation in an
appropriate manner," Operations Manager Duncan
Aside from the tangible developments, Puzzling World
has also launched a new website packed full of images,
information and interactive features along with a new
web shop stocked with its most popular and exclusive
Puzzling World hosted the international launch of
Tantrix Quest late in 2014, marking a milestone for
renowned puzzle creator Mike McManaway, who
launched the original Tantrix puzzle 25-years ago.
Tantrix has become the most successful puzzle game
in New Zealand, largely due to its exposure through
PUZZLING WORLD STEPS
UP THE EXPERIENCE BY JANE BROOKE
For almost 80 years, people from all over New Zealand
have been visiting Wanaka to experience a spectacular
display of agricultural life in a resort town setting.
The Wanaka Show is one of the biggest agricultural
and pastoral shows in New Zealand and the 2015 event
on March 13-14 will be the Upper Clutha A&P Society's
The 2014 show saw a record turnout of 30,000 people
through the showground gates over the two-day event,
combined with a record number of trade exhibitors and
the 2015 show is on track to beat current records with
trade exhibit numbers exceeding 2014 numbers and a
growing waiting list.
While trade stalls are a major attraction at the Wanaka
Show -- exhibitors from all over New Zealand cater to
thousands of eager shoppers -- it's also the traditional
livestock and equestrian events that draw the crowds.
The Wanaka Show is famous for novelty events like the
Jack Russell race and the 2015 Show promises plenty
of fun for the whole family. There will be an entertaining
sheep shearing demonstration by Warkworth-based
comedy act Sheep n' Show, live music from Dunedin
band Idol Frets, plus roving entertainment from stilt
walkers, hoola hoop artists and other fun characters for
New to the show is a wood chopping competition,
hosted by the Southland/Otago Axemen's Association.
The Home Industries section always attracts hundreds
of entries and a new category is a business house
competition, the No. 8 Wire Creation, where businesses
make a creative art form out of umber eight wire.
"The Wanaka Show has something for everyone and
it's guaranteed to be great fun for the crowds and
competitors alike. We can't wait to welcome the crowds
again," says Wanaka Show organiser Jane Stalker.
"We encourage people to visit our website,
wanakashow.co.nz, to find out more information on
how to enter competitions or become an exhibitor."
WANAKA SHOW CLOCKS 78 YEARS
BY JANE BROOKE
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