The Lost Gypsy Gallery, Papatowai

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Create a lasting memory at The Lost Gypsy Gallery, dedicated to works by artist Blair Sommerville. Sommerville creates and displays intricate automata crafted from leftover odds and ends. In addition to art, the engineer produces small and large inventions that you can test yourself in hands-on displays. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the whimsical mechanical gadgets. Finish your visit in the cafe with delicious coffee and Wifi. Plan to visit The Lost Gypsy Gallery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Papatowai attractions using our Papatowai trip planner .
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  • Especially on rainy days, because there is otherwise not much to do. The inventions are awesome and funny and the coffee there is very tasty. We had a lot of fun and can recommend it definitely. Caution: Closed on Wednesdays
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  • This place is straight out of the mind of an absolute lunatic. The creativity and pure genius of all the gadgets is fantastic to see. If you are anywhere close to this place it is worth making a detou...  more »
  • Totally agree with other reviewers: If you are in this beautiful area of the Catlins do not miss the Lost Gypsy. There is an amazing collection of items which I found totally fascinating. Blair is a g...  more »
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  • Loved it! We had such a fun time here. There are things to see everywhere and very quickly you want to press every button and wind every handle. The winding thoughts theater is worth experiencing as well. Have fun everyone!
  • You absolutely must stop here on you way through the Catlins. This gallery is fascinating and quirky with unique handmade objects. I found it hard to tear myself away to continue my journey! Great coffee as well and a lovely setting to enjoy a break on long drives.
  • It's a must visit place, great and innovative ways to use scrap and turn them into wonderful and beautiful things! It is free of cost. There's a fresh fruit ice cream place just outside the bus, it's fresh and cheap. Do try.
  • Amazing work on behalf of the owner, so much to do. Innovating creations in a large caravan which are free to see. The paid section is absolutely amazing. I don't want to spoil anything because it is truly unique.
  • That is an amazing place full of funny gadgets and toys. My eyes shined while I was exploring everything's functionality. And it only costs $5. Good job Blair!
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