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Now the bumper crowds have de­parted, the team at Wanaka’s Puz­zling World have the chance to re­flect on an in­cred­i­ble 2016/17 sea­son, one filled with record vis­i­tor num­bers, re­fur­bish­ments, new ini­tia­tives and an award that recog­nises the busi­ness’ achieve­ments.

The start of the year was marked with an ex­hi­bi­tion housed within the new Sculp­til­lu­sion Gallery titl ed “Just Ad Il­lu­sions”, show­cas­ing cam­paigns used by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands cel­e­brat­ing the use of il­lu­sions.

Fe­bru­ary saw enor­mous growth in Chi­nese visi­tors over their new year hol­i­days, help­ing the busi­ness reach 200,000 ad­mis­sions for the first time in a cal­en­dar year.

Puz­zling World’s theme of con­tin­ual re-de­vel­op­ment meant a com­plete over­haul of café cab­i­netry, chillers, warm­ers and coun­ter­tops greeted win­ter 2016, a timely fo­cus on a pop­u­lar part of the busi­ness.

Novem­ber gave the busi­ness huge en­cour­age­ment when it picked up not only the Out­stand­ing in Tourism award but also the Supreme award at the in­au­gu­ral Ig­nite Wanaka Awards.

For Christ­mas, 2016, Puzzeta money was launched, ex­tend­ing the theme of “own world” sta­tus Puz­zling World’s Puz­zports of­fered. Now, 10,20 and 50PZ notes fea­tur­ing heroes from its world can be bought to gift or spend.

What’s next for 2017? You’ll just have come and see Wanaka’s won­der­ful world of weird­ness to find out for your­self.

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