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Incredible works from some of the world's leading
illusionary artists have transformed wall space
between Puzzling World's five Illusion Rooms to
become "the walls of wonder"
Paintings, wall hangings and prints from around the
world adorn the walls as the famous Wanaka tourist
attraction continues to add to and improve its existing
"The walls of wonder" include works of magical
realism by Canada's Robert Gonsalves and the
impossible reality prints of Dutch master M.C. Escher.
Provocative paintings by Spain's Andre Martins de
Barros, who specialises in creating human form
through everyday objects, are also a feature. Victorian-
era illustrations such as Vanity, which was among the
first of its kind to bring optical illusion art into the
mainstream, are part of the mix.
There's also illusionary ambigram word art, a three-
dimensional knit of Einstein, an Amish-inspired
cuboid design, plus massive window decals to give
an ethereal stained glass feel to the Sculptillusion
Gallery. The latest addition is a huge lenticular image
of a transforming lion -- from king of the jungle to a
Operations and marketing manager Duncan Spear says
the collection, which is being acquired by management
travelling overseas, will continue to grow.
"While we firmly believe that the Illusion Rooms
themselves are spectacular in their own right, the
plentiful wall space that separates the rooms has
provided us with a blank canvas to explore other
themes of optical illusions. We want our guests to
truly absorb themselves in illusionary theming while
getting great value for money at Puzzling World.
PUZZLING WORLD CREATES THE WALLS OF WONDER BY JANE BROOKE
your head at?
Bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion
and our famous maze will baffle your
brain and challenge your perceptions
of reality. Seeing is disbelieving!
188 Wanaka Luggate Hwy 84, W
P: 03 443 7489 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Powder, piste, parks &
pipes in the heart of the
Easy drive or bus ride from:
Queenstown -- 60mins
Wanaka -- 35mins
This is gold.
A significant part of Cardrona Alpine Resort's history is being
preserved with the sale of restored chairs from the ski area's
original quad chairlift.
Forty chairs from the Captain's Basin quad have been refurbished
with handcrafted wooden slats and custom-made stands to
create limited-edition chairs for use in homes and gardens.
The naming of Captain's Basin, one of the most popular skiing
and snowboarding areas on the mountain, reinforces Cardrona's
Captain was an old rodeo horse owned by Cardrona ski field
developer John Lee. The horse had a tenacious spirit and was
eventually put out to pasture on the ski field in the 1970s and was
last seen roaming in the basin that now bears its name.
Captain's Basin quad chairlift and Captain's Café were opened
in June 1986. The lift operated for 21 years until it was replaced
with a high-speed express chair for the 2008 winter. The original
Captain's lift was re-used to form the Valley View quad lift in 2010
but 40 chairs were left over and it was recently decided to put
them to a different use.
The Captain's Basin quad chairs have nostalgic memories for
many Cardrona fans and are expected to be in demand as a
unique piece of ski field memorabilia. Each chair has its own
specific number from the original quad line - priced at $2000
each they can be ordered from Cardrona Corner in Wanaka.
NEW LIFE FOR CHAIRS
CARDRONA KIDS' CUP JUNIOR SLOPESTYLE
Cardrona Kids' Cup Slopestyle is a single day freestyle
competition located in the Lil' Bucks Park for kids aged
5--11 years. Freestyle manoeuvres, over table top
jumps, boxes and rails are judged by a panel of three
judges with scores for variety, difficulty and execution.
This is a new event on the Cardrona calendar for ski &
snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitors who
want to earn FIS points and qualify for FIS World Cup
events and the Winter Olympics. The Slopestyle will
be held in the Big Bucks Park and the Halfpipe in the
22ft Olympic Superpipe. A high calibre field, including
Winter Olympics contenders, is expected to compete.
NZ JUNIOR NATIONALS
Cardrona will once again host the Snow Sports NZ
Junior Ski and Snowboard National Championships
Monday October 3 until Friday October 8. Disciplines
include dual Giant Slalom, Gravity X, Slopestyle,
Halfpipe and Big Mountain/Freeride for both skiers and
THE FUN NEVER STOPS
This event combines skiing and snowboarding with
mountain biking from the top of Cardrona Alpine
Resort to the historic Cardrona Hotel -- 1300 vertical
metres and more than 10km below. When the snow
stops the bike trail begins. Participants should be
capable of riding intermediate downhill single-track
trails. Spot prizes will be awarded during an end-of-
season BBQ at the Cardrona Hotel.
CARDRONA Events Calendar 2016
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