3/1/10: Wanaka, New Zealand
Here’s a puzzle for you: there’s a place in Wanaka, New Zealand that Kevin and Zhou can’t wait to go to even though they know the day will end in major frustration, terrible headaches and possibly throwing things at the wall. Name this place.
Time’s up! Today we went to Puzzling World! (From now on I will refer to it as Puzzle World because that’s what it should have been named.)
Puzzle World is a building just outside Wanaka filled with illusions, riddles, questions and of course, puzzles. Attractions run the gamut from…
… A room that properly displays the difference in size between me and Zhou
… Crazy contraptions such as this tube – the water is actually flowing downhill from left to right
… To ridiculously difficult puzzles.
This is the one the that ate four hours of my afternoon, all to no avail. It seems so simple – all you have to do is get that big block at the top down to the bottom middle by sliding the pieces. There are only so many moves possible, and I could have sworn I tried every single one. Then one of the workers gave me a hint, but it turned out she didn’t even know what she was doing! I banged my head against the wall until the cows came home but just couldn’t figure this stupid thing out. Why would anyone in their right mind ever create a puzzle like this? Just to drive people bonkers? Well, it worked! You’ve succeeded Stuart Landsborough. You’ve defeated me. Are you happy now??
[Pause to collect myself.]
But the best puzzle wasn’t one advertised in Puzzle World. In fact, it’s probably one that very few people (if any) have ever tried here. That’s because I made it up. I like to call my masterpiece “Simulating Steve.” I’ll explain.
Remember the time Zhou wrote about how we’re not really world travelers, we’re just Steve Curry’s groupies? The past few days we decided to take it one step further. We stalked Steve’s New Zealand facebook photos from his trip three years ago, we picked our six favorites, and we made it a goal to recreate them as best as we could. This puzzle started during our cruise of Milford Sound five days ago and then continued today. Have a look at how we did.
(Even though we don’t have Steve’s permission to post his pictures here, we’ll assume he gave up his rights to them when he published them to facebook. Steve, your check is not in the mail.)
Picture 1: Cruising through the Milford Sound. Photographer Zhou endured a lot of sideways rain to get this shot for me. Thanks!
Picture 2: The boats mimicked Maids of Mist ships at Niagara Falls to capture this shot. Unfortunately ours hit it from the reverse angle.
Picture 3: Steve pounds down the tea. All I had was a water bottle.
Picture 4: Now at Puzzle World – you’ll have to remember that Steve was in college when he took these shots. I’m much more mature than this but will do anything to win at my own self-created challenge.
Picture 5: I think the guy in Steve’s photo was a friend. I didn’t have the guts to do this in front of a stranger. One girl did enter the room while Zhou was taking this shot of me. She immediately turned around and left.
Finally, to add to the puzzle, I challenge any one of you to recreate these six shots while traveling the South Island of New Zealand. In fact, anyone who does it will receive an entire blog post dedicated to them and their awesomeness. Good luck!
Puzzles for Postcards:
We’re not only moving our regularly scheduled PfP up two days because it really fits the theme of this post, but we’re also making a super-puzzle just for you. Enjoy!
Where Am I? Name the country.
Hidden Money. Find the currency of a neighbor of the above country hidden in this nonsensical sentence:
With about ten pounds on my bicycle, I rushed to bring it to the team’s new skipper.
A Southeast Asian skewered meat cookout on the day of rest
Put it Together and Form an Anagram
Simply anagram the combined letters (hint: 15 total) of the “Hidden Money” currency and the “Rhyme Time!” solution to form a place we have enjoyed on our trip.
Picture of the Day: Zhou and I have cooked a lot of pasta during our month in Australia and New Zealand (you wouldn’t believe how much money it has saved us). To celebrate our last full day in the Eastern hemisphere, we cooked an all out feast.