About Escape Mate

We are a team of puzzle enthusiasts and we take pride in our unique and intricate scenarios, our non-linear game designs and our high-tech puzzles that feel like magic.

Escape Mate opened in 2015 as the first escape game provider in Wellington, and the second in New Zealand.
Since then we have catered for all, for the big and the small.
We run events for massive corporate and government teams, kids’ birthday parties, family reunions, hens’ and stag dos and more. We are proud to say that we create games that are enjoyed by all generations.
All our games, puzzles and equipment are locally designed, invented and created by our team.

We keep our games fresh at all times. We change our scenarios each year due to high demand from our returning clients.

Besides creating great games, we also focus on providing an outstanding customer service, and an awesome game experience from start to finish. All our game masters are highly trained, kind and happy people who are super helpful in guiding teams through the games.
We are highly rated online. We have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016, 2017 and 2018. We have been leading the Fun and Games category in Wellington for over a year.

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Meet the team

Izabella Venter
Puzzle Master & Director of Escape Mate

Izabella is the designer behind the scenarios, themes and puzzles that make Escape Mate more than just an escape game. She invents and creates intricate contraptions, story lines, witty game flows as well as dramatic, theatrical and immersive game sets.

Electrical Engineer & Handiest Man Alive

Rory invents, designs, programmes, and builds all the software and hardware of our high-tech puzzles.  Working closely alongside Izabella, he creates the physical manifestation of her imagination; no matter how delicate or complex the inventory creative process may be.
He is operating behind the scenes and builds the most interactive elements, even a time-machine, that are fancy looking, unexpected and also indestructible.


Artist & Visual Designer

Karolina’s epic artworks that cover our walls, as well as her paintings, statues and figurines, props, designs and other creations have become the signature style of Escape Mate. Karolina is the one creating an immersive, realistic environment; and has the ability to make art out of anything you give her, especially enjoys using recycled materials.
Our Cyborg for example, used to be a life-size statue made by Karolina, out of wires and recyclables, called Lilith. Lilith later came to the Vault, got chopped right in half, remodelled and repainted, squeezed into a glass tank – to give birth to Cyborg.


General manager / Guest relations

David is the new sheriff in town.
As our general manager he is looking after all the things happening at HQ.
If you call us you might get the pleasure of hearing his delightful British accent over the phone.