Lava Glass, Taupo

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Discover a captivating art form at Lava Glass, a center dedicated to introducing visitors to the techniques of glassblowing. Watch artisans design and create pieces in the studio, and study the finished articles in the onsite gallery. The volcanic series of designs offers a particularly rich perspective on New Zealand's scenery and diverse landscapes, with colorful patterns and mystical shapes emulating the look and feel of the country. You can purchase these original pieces from an extensive range available in the onsite shop, as well as enjoying a light meal and freshly made cakes in the cafe. Plan to visit Lava Glass and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Taupo attractions using our Taupo trip planning site .
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  • Very generous portions and yummy food. Whilst they got my coffee wrong they were more than happy to make another and it was great! Beautiful art as well!  more »
  • Great service as soon as you walk in you get greeted, all staff are very friendly through out shop and cafe! Cakes are really nice as well!  more »
  • Although the Swiss are known as masters working glass, this area reveals the originality of the work on the glass. Since the demonstration garden at the location where they produce the parts make the experience a unique feeling. The space has a shop, prices are not the most inviting.
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  • We were quite unsure whether we should visit the Lava Glass Blowing. Finally we decided to both visit the Glass Garden and the Studio and both were really worth it. In the garden are some great art works! The studio is very interesting because you can watch them creating the glass items and learn about the hole process.
  • Absolutely loved this place. The shop, the Cafe but mostly the Sculpture walk! An absolute must do in Taupo
  • Great place to visit very disappointed with their necklaces paid 100 and showed them that the finding was not silver and had worn terribly in just 6 months.. They said interesting and did nothing more for 100 I had expected silver.. Very disappointing
  • All-day live glass-blowing demonstrations for a small entry fee. Perusing the product shop is free. Nice place to visit.
  • Sculpture gardens are magnificent.. glass blowing studio where you can sit and watch them make and blow their own pieces then there's the cafe which has really good coffee and delicious slices and a breakfast/lunch board.

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