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Visit EPIC Escape, the newest escape room games in the Bay of Plenty!

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Escape rooms are an exciting and interactive game, fun for all groups. Under 15s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

From friends and family, to couples or corporate team building, sports teams to stag party, or hens party to holiday makers. Escape games provide entertainment for everyone!


An escape room is an interactive game where technology meets brain power.

You are immersed in a realistic environment and have one hour to use your logical thinking, follow the clues and solve a series of puzzles. Can you escape before the timer runs out?!


You can find us upstairs at Level 1, 88 The Strand, Whakatane.

We’re conveniently located in the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty, gateway to the East Cape. 

Parking is available on The Strand evenings and weekends and off Kakahoroa Drive during the week.


It’s late in the evening and you and your friends are looking for something to do. You’ve heard a rumor about a fortune hidden inside the old Jokers Casino down on The Strand.

Being the opportunists you are, you decide to break in and try your luck against the Jokers games.

You have one hour to outsmart the Joker and escape with his fortune…

Suitable for both new and experienced players, a great room for the whole family with challenges for all ages! Under 15s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

“Looks amazing and feels great”

“Challenging but enjoyable…”

“Very cool, loved the theme!”







jokers casino


It’s 1969 and the always eccentric Ivan the Inventor is missing. It’s been weeks since anyone has heard from him — not even his usual rambling about how his latest creation will change the world. When a concerned search party rallied together, you didn’t hesitate to offer your help.

And so you find yourself in the inventor’s attic. You’ve been granted one hour to search for clues and now it’s up to you to uncover the mystery of what happened to Ivan before it’s too late.

Suitable for both new and experienced players, a great room for the whole family with challenges for all ages! Under 15s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

“Loved it!”

“Well done, entertaining and challenging!”

“Great atmosphere…”







inventor’s attic


After visiting a friend in hospital, you find yourself lost in a maze of corridors; each one seemingly identical to the last. Perhaps too eager to find the exit, you unknowingly stumble into the asylum and the door clangs shut behind you. You desperately try to prise it open but it’s no use: you’ll have to find another way.

Now you have just one hour to make your escape before the doctor returns and makes you his next diabolical experiment. Good luck — you’ll need it…

Suitable for experienced players, or those who like an extra challenge. A great escape room that will push your team work and communication to the limit. This room is not recommended for players under 15 years of age.

“Hard, but a good challenge!”

“Awesome fun, a good brain workout.”

“Scared the **** out of me…!”








What do our fans think about us?



What is an escape room?

An escape room is a fun team challenge where you have one hour to figure out how to escape from the room. Guests are immersed in a realistic environment and surrounded by a series of puzzles and clues while the clock quietly counts down your time. Teams must solve all the games using the clues and props provided in order to escape before the time runs out!

Who can play?

Any person can play, however we recommend for kids to be over the age of 10, and under 15s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

This exciting and engaging game will have you enthralled for 60 minutes, make sure you team up with your brightest and quickest family and friends for your best chance of escaping on time.

Epic Escape offers a new fresh view at Team Building – no trust falls here. Put your team to the test and find out how they cope under pressure. The perfect game to see who is a natural born leader or who will quietly work away productively.

Looking for that ultimate date night experience, we are perfectly located for an exhilarating date night like no other, plus rescue your date from a locked room? Hero status achieved.

Unlock the room as you unlock your mind to an all new way of thinking. Epic Escape provides a welcome break from study as well as a new perspective. Question everything and leave no stone unturned.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is completely safe to play. We take Health and Safety very seriously here at Epic Escape so you will never actually be locked in the room, we will always give you an emergency exit.

Can I play if I don’t like small spaces?

Absolutely! None of our rooms require you to be locked or trapped in a small space. Each room can comfortably hold 6 people with lots of room to move around. None of our rooms are pitch black, sometimes a room might be dimly lit for theme purposes however you will always be able to see sufficiently. Although the room is locked you are always provided with an emergency exit which you can use at anytime during the game.

Will we be locked in the room?

Yes we will lock you in the room, however you will have an emergency exit available to you at all times should you need to leave the room at any point. We take the safety of our customers very seriously and in an emergency you will be able to safely and quickly leave the room.

Is it scary? Are people going to jump out at me?

We currently have three rooms with different levels of scariness. We do not have live actors in our rooms and legally we can’t do anything that might cause you harm…

Is this family friendly?

Yes our Inventors Attic room is designed with the whole family in mind. There are puzzles challenging for adults and things for younger ones and the young at heart to enjoy. Asylum is targeted more for adults only, with the puzzles and logic leaps harder, and there is less for younger ones to participate in.

Can I walk in and play?

Yes you can walk in and book a game, however it is not guaranteed that you will have an available game at that exact time therefore we recommend to call us before making the trip. Please arrive 15 minutes before your game starts to allow for a briefing.

Should I bring anything?

You do not need to bring anything other than yourself. Cellphones will not be permitted in the rooms, we provide lockers for you to safely store your belongings while you play.

Can we have more than 6 people play at a time?

We want every player in the room to have a great experience and therefore we have limited our game size to 6 players. Any more than this and some team member are likely to miss out on parts of the game. For this reason, with groups over 6 participants we do ask you to split into two smaller teams and attempt different rooms simultaneously. Please contact us to organise this.

What if I cannot make it to my booking?

You can reschedule your booking anytime up to 24 hours in advance free of charge. Cancellations within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

What if we do not advance fast enough to finish in time?

We want you to escape within the allotted time so we will keep an eye on you and try to assist you to escape. If you are close to finishing and our other bookings allow we may be able to give you an extension to finish the game.


Address: Level 1, 88 The Strand, Whakatane 3120

Phone: (07) 262 4070

Email: getlost@epicescape.co.nz

Opening Hours:
Fri – Sun: 10:00am – 8:30pm
Corporate & group bookings
available by appointment

Parking: Available off Kakahoroa Drive, or on The Strand during evenings and weekends.

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EPIC Escape is operated by Epic Escape Limited (referred to in this form as “Epic Escape”, “we” or “us”). Please read the terms and conditions below prior to making your booking. By clicking ‘Accept’ you confirm you reviewed and understand the below terms and conditions.

Risk Warning

We have taken all reasonable precautions to minimise risk to players health and safety while participating in our escape games. All rooms are equipped with emergency exit buttons allowing players to safely leave the room at any point during an emergency. Communication with a staff member is also available at all times. Players under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

You are required to follow all written and verbal instructions provided by our staff prior to, and during the gameplay. Please notify our staff if you become aware of any hazard which may compromise the safety of yourself or others during the gameplay. We do not accept any liability for you (or anybody in your group) suffering an injury or distress whilst playing our rooms.  If you have any medical condition that you think may interfere with your ability to participate please discuss it with one of our staff members prior to entering the room.

We have a firm policy that intoxicated people will not be admitted into our escape rooms.  Food and drinks are not allowed to be taken into any of our escape games.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises.  None of our puzzles require physical force or moving/ climbing on any furniture.  You are not required to pick locks or open locks without the correct code.  We reserve the right to end the game at any time if you do not abide by the rules and safety briefing, or if you or a member of your group is deliberately or recklessly causing damage to our rooms or props, or if you are a danger to yourself or others.  No refund will be given.

You will be responsible for reimbursing us for any damaged caused to our rooms including props, furniture, equipment and puzzles.  Photos or videos inside the rooms are not permitted.  Please don’t disclose information or spoilers to anyone who has not played our games.

Cancellations prior to 24 hours a booking can receive a full refund or reschedule a booking time. A refund is not possible within 24 hours of the game.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your booking to allow time for the briefing.