Exploring Wanaka

There's fun to be had at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World^f, on Highway 89, 2km (1V4 miles) from Wanaka (& 03/443-7489; www.puzzlingworld. co.nz). Since 1973, Stuart Landsborough (also known as Professor Puzzle) has drawn thousands of visitors to the confusing passageways of his elaborate Great Maze. The crazy Tilted House and Leaning Clock Tower will further test your perceptions. Admission is NZ$9 (US$4.95) for adults and NZ$6 (US$3.30) for children, and it's open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.

The New Zealand Fighter Pilots' Museum , Skyshow Centre, Wanaka Airport, 10km (6 miles) southwest of Wanaka (& 03/443-7010; www.wanaka warbirds.com), is home to the largest collection of flyable World War II fighter planes in the Southern Hemisphere. You can investigate the airplanes, interactive displays, film footage, and scale model aircraft. The Skyshow Centre is also home to a collection of alpine fighter aircraft, Biplane Adventures, Tandem Skydive, Wanaka Helicopters, Aspiring Air, and the Flight Deck Café. Admission is NZ$8 (US$4.40) for adults, NZ$4 (US$2.20) for children, and NZ$18 (US$9.90) per family. Open daily from 9am to 4pm (till 6pm Dec 27-Jan 27).

Rippon Vineyard &&&, Mount Aspiring Road (& 03/443-8084; www. rippon.co.nz), is run by Rolfe and Lois Mills, pioneer grape-growers in Central Otago, and their vineyard location overlooking Lake Wanaka is simply stunning. It's open for tastings (NZ$4/US$2.20) and sales December through April, daily from 11am to 5pm; and July through November, daily from 1 to 4pm.

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