There's snow in the mountains!!!
Trip Start May 18, 2005
72Trip End May 18, 2006
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So Wanaka anyway. It's a nice cosy little town, apparently a mini Queenstown and like all the towns in this part of the country its on the edge of a beautiful lake and surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Gorgeous. We really only came here as a stop over on the way to Franz Josef further north but we really liked it and stayed an extra night.
We did some nice hillwalks and generally just strolled about the place and relaxed, something we forgot to do so far on the trip
After the walk we popped into a place called 'Puzzling World', a little theme park on the edge of town. As the name suggests, it full of puzzle related stuff. There's a room full of little puzzles for you to try (in vain), a maze for you to get lost in and, best of all, there's a few optical illusion rooms where you find yourself getting dizzy a confused.
One of the rooms is like an ordinary room, except its tilted at about 15 degrees. Its very disorientating at first but your brain quickly adapts and before you know it it looks like everyone is walking around at a tilt and the room is normal. Kinda spooky. They even make it look as if water is flowing uphill.
The best of the rooms was the Little and Large room (not its real name, but that'll do as I can't remember what its called). Basically 2 people step into the room and stand at either end. A third person then at another send look into the room through a window and it looks as if one person is a giant and the other is tiny. Its really cool. There's a poster outside it saying that this was how they did some of the shots in The Lord of the Rings. Check out the picture anyway.
So that was Wanaka. On to Franz Josef Glacier now.