How did A Maze’N Things come about?
In 1985 after visiting Puzzling World in Wanaka, New Zealand whilst on a holiday, Geoff and Sandy first decided on building a maze. They originally intended for it to be built on the current site, but their first A Maze’N Things was built in Wallington, on the Bellarine Peninsula, and opened on Boxing Day 1986.
After 5 years the current Phillip Island site was up for auction. This property was purchased in mid 1991. A Maze’N Things on Phillip Island opened on Boxing Day 1991, and shared the property with Koala World Caravan Park.
After extensive research, it was decided that extensions were needed and an optical illusion theme was added. Consulting with Lyn Raven of Raven Designs, drawings and working plans were produced. Construction started in March 1997 and finished by February 1998.
By 1999 the mini golf was completely replaced with the new 19-hole Maxi Mini golf specifically designed to fit in with existing buildings, trees and themes.
After two years of product development, new buildings were commenced with Keith Tucker and Megafun being a major contributor. Puzzle Island opened in 2004. It has a number of world unique activities as well as some used elsewhere in some Science Centres, theme parks and museums.
In 2005 A Maze’N Things entered the Victorian Tourism Awards and won the Significant Attraction category and was a finalist in the Australian National Tourism Awards. Entry into the Tourism Awards in 2006 saw a disappointing but credible second place to Scienceworks.
In 2008, construction began on two new speciality shops onsite, one to specialise in gelato and lollies and the other on chocolate indulgence.
In 2011 the fence was completed and construction on an observation deck began.