Be well prepare...
Take warm clothes when skiig to be comfortable during your day ski session.
Do not forget to take gloves, hats, warm socks: the body ends are highly exposed to the cold effects, be sure that you always feel sensations in your toes, fingers, ears to avoid frostbite.
Goggles must be adapted to the weather conditions: large goggles are useful in case of wind, white/foggy day. Sun reflection are high on snow or glacier so protect your eyes.
Suncream is also a must to avoid alpine sunburn on your face... and making laugh your colleagues after a ski week-end ;-)
For years the must see attraction of Wanaka has been the Puzzle World. They have a huge Maze with 2 levels, a puzzle room heaps of weird stuff to keep your brain ticking. If the Ski fields are closed, or it's raining or you just want to test the old gray matter then check it out.
Illusion Tilted House
I got a hard time entering the "Illusion Tilted House" which was tilted at 15 degrees. I almost vomited as I felt giddy as I took my 1st step into the room. I had to crawl out of the room and be mentally prepared for the illusions. At the 3rd attempt, I manged to hang on and enjoy the tilted illusion as much as I can.
The 1st step is balancing myself facing a wall with black and white lines and on the other side a mirror. Even while standing straight, I look tilted to one side.
Next was the pool table with ball rolling which seem to roll upwards and against the gravity pull. Even had a video of it while the ball rolls upwards. Its amazing.
Next were the steps at the professor puzzle. Even when you stand straight, you feel like you are jumping off. Its amazing how our brains try to work in this kind of stress.
There is a water and a chair sliding upwards effect too.
This place has a huge maze where you search for four corners in order and then try to work your way back out. It has walkways and is quite challenging but luckily, there are bail out doors if you tire. The centre also has a collection of unusual buildings with puzzles, illusions and other downright strange things.
Well worth a visit and great for a rainy day.
Warbirds, wonderful scenery and more ..
There's much more to Wanaka than just the biennial Warbirds weekend, it might be the planes that first brought us to Wanaka - but we fell in love with the beauty of the town's setting and its relaxed and easy atmosphere and now we've just come back from our 7th visit there.
Set down by a beautiful lake, with a backdrop of mountains (snow-capped by mid-April), Wanaka's such a pretty little town with a wonderfully relaxed and laid-back friendly feel to it that we love. It doesn't have a great number of attractions of its own - we've never ventured into the mazes and mirrors of Puzzling World , though lots of people say they're great fun - but we wouldn't miss a night at the unique Cinema Paradiso and we love to walk by the lake and to sit outside at one of the cafes in the sun and watch the world go by. Our favourite restaurant in all New Zealand is here - The White House - and an evening there - good food, great wine and a chat with owner Pete - is always on our list of "Things to Do" before we leave. The drive around to Gledhu Bay is lovely, there are nice walks - long and short - to take in the hills around the town, one day we'll take a cruise on the lake - maybe. Meantime, we just love coming here, staying at Te Wanaka Lodge, with its view of the mountains, comfortable rooms and welcoming hosts, and making the town our base for exploring the region. Isn't that what holidays are all about?
"Great flying, great fun"
The sound of planes overhead always has MrL looking up, and over the Warbirds weekend there are some great sights - classic aircraft that even a non-plane buff like me gets pleasure from seeing. They all have their own sound and you soon get to recognize them. The one that we always love to hear, and see, is the Catalina Flying Boat - and watching it landing on the blue waters of Lake Wanaka gives us a kick every time.