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. Using our online itinerary creator, Papatowai attractions like The Lost Gypsy Gallery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My husband had been particularly interested to see this attraction and it was to be a highlight of our holiday. After having checked website prior and driving a considerable distance , we were Disappo...  more »
  • A place for the young and the young at heart! The two of us were amazed again and again with the many treasures that were on offer here! Defiantly pay the $5 so you can venture past the caravan and se...  more »
  • The Lost Gypsy Gallery is a converted bus museum of silly things made from found objects. In addition to the free to visit bus, there is a theatre / park area behind which includes larger automata. Th...  more »
  • Hello, Came last week to get look around after hearing about your art years ago. Desperate to have a look in person. Fantastic!! People, you should go to this gallery if you are anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere, it is unique. I know everywhere says marketing crap ""unique, Awesome etc etc", but there is nothing else like this ANYWHERE. Also there is great coffee and food. Go there, you won't be disappointed.
  • ABSOLUTE MUST SEE! This is not your average art gallery and the $5 entry to the upper gallery will be the best value for money you have ever had. If you drive past you will definitely regret it later when everyone you meet asks "Did you visit The Lost Gypsy?" When you tell the you didn't they will exclaim "Oh no!! You missed the most clever and funny art in New Zealand!!". BUT be aware that the gallery, coffee kart, and food kart are closed over winter (may till october). In summer the gallery is open six days a week, most Wednesdays it is shut.
  • Really cute creative place. Sadly it was closed until winter but it's already amazing from the outside
  • Fantastic gallery where art meets mechanics, from an artist whos mind clearly never stops thinking! Everybody there was enjoying themselves! Blair's a great guy!
  • Superb place and amazing work the owner has done and put in to making all this witchcraft. Definitely worth visiting.

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