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“An unexpected Wonderland (well a small wonderland)”

The Lost Gypsy Gallery
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Papatowai
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Have stopped off in the Catlins to see Blair's Lost Gypsy Gallery more than once; it really is a lot of fun. The caravan is free to enter and look around ( i think) all the quirky toys are made there. A model train runs around at head height activating things as it goes. There are so many interesting things to see. Entry into the upper area costs 5 bucks but it is very cool ; everything is interactive l from a push button kind of interaction to peddling a bike to make at TV run. Not only are there some really clever pieces but many are really beautiful. Like watching an old stylized movie.
This place appeals to adults and kids alike. There are gurglers and other items to buy in the caravan; There is even a cafe bus to have a quality coffee while you are there! Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

On our end-to-end drive in New Zealand, Nov 2013, we drove through Catlins, one of the best parts of our drive. The lost gypsy gallery of Papatowai can be missed by those who do not know about it, as you drive past, this is a less advertised, less known quirky little place and actually a MUST SEE place to spend an hour on. Even people living in and around Catlins have missed this and so have many NZ travellers. But for my thorough research on the area, I would have driven by without seeing this astonishing little alcove of surprises. The owner of the caravan, Blair Somerville is a genius at work, all things in the exhibition created by this wizard, a series of interactive artworks, a pinnacle of do it yourself, if you will. You have a coffee shop there, a curio shop there and much more that would linger in your memory for years to come. This is utterly unique, I smile even as I think of this place months after the trip, will take you back to your school day memories where you pottered with basics of engineering and tools. There’s a 5$ entrance to get into the special gallery, but worth every penny, a gem of a place waiting to be discovered.

--ARKZ

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We enjoyed looking through the caravan and gallery. It is full of amazing displays. We liked the quirkiness

Thank jeffandjeannie
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

This is a very unusual attraction and well worth a short stop-over. We paid the $5 apiece to enter the property and play with all of the imaginative "Fine Acts of Junk." It was worth the money and a fun diversion. Highly recommended.

Thank LisaBSeattle
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

If you want a break from all the wonderful natural sights in the Catlins, this is it! The creator is so imaginative. There's so much to look at and everything encourages you to push a button or turn a crank. And then the magic happens. You really could spend hours in the bus alone - which is free. But do yourself a favor and spend the $5 to visit the "garden" where larger whatnots and thingamajigs can be found.

Thank deSchenke
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