Welcome to Wanaka’s Wonderful World of Currency!
Puzzling World has always been a place of unique, sometimes bizarre features that truly make it a “world” of its own. Recent initiatives however have many questioning if the business is creating their own little principality in the heart of NZ’s Southern Lakes!
The PUZZPORT, launched in 2014 offers 12 months of entry into the attraction, 3 admission stamp options are issued to visitors on arrival that require scanning through entrance gates to allow access,18 language translations in pamphlet form and 60 on QR codes are available.
So what’s the latest initiative to make the visitor feel like they’ve walked into another “world’? – a different currency of course!
As Duncan Spear, Puzzling World’s marketing manager says,” why spend your own money when you can spend ours?!” Today, the iconic Wanaka attraction launched their own currency, the PUZZETA. Available in-store at the fixed exchange rate of $1NZ = 1PZ, visitors, most likely looking for gift options, can swap their cash for 10, 20 or 50 PUZZETA notes featuring heroes of their, well, puzzling world!
Stuart Landsborough - founder of the attraction, is pictured on the 50 PZ note alongside an image of the first maze to occupy the site in 1973. Mike McManaway, friend and supplier to the business, features on the 20 PZ note for his invention of Tantrix, NZ's best-selling, local puzzle and Martins De Barros, French artist & creator of the Fantastical Realism genre rounds off the patriarchal roll-call, taking out the 10 PZ note.
Anything in-store can be purchased, whether it be admission tickets, café items or puzzles from the gift shop, so what better gift to give for that friend or family member who loves a bit of puzzling in their life?!
PUZZETA’S – the currency of a puzzling world!