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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  • Wasn't expecting this stop to more than brief stop on our drive to Curio Bay. But the inventions and gadgets to play with are not just trinkets but a life times work and extremely ingenious. We spent ...  more »
  • The Lost Gypsy has been on my list to visit for the last couple of years and I finally had the chance to explore the gallery and garden recently. The place is full of peculiar pieces, most of which ar...  more »
  • Nice little sort of old bus , interior removed, with lots of weird things inside. He is quite innovative, makes things out of old recycled stuff. Don’t just drive past, stop for a break, a cup of coff...  more »
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  • Such a cool place, filled with so much creativity and love! Definitely worth a stop, it was one of my highlights of the South Island! The small gallery is for free which is great as you can see a lot. The bigger garden costs 5$ but I definitely recommend spending the money because it's awesome. Blair, the owner is such a nice guy, we had some car troubles and he even gave us a hand with that!
  • 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.
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