Lonely Planet Review
Lost Gypsy Gallery occupies a roadside house bus at Papatowai. Based on found objects and specialising on self-wound automata and things that go whirrr, this place is guaranteed to make you both laugh and think. A fascinating gallery (admission $5, young children not allowed sorry…) showcases some of artist Blair Sommerville’s larger one-off pieces. We especially like the TV that runs on bicycle power. Blair’s always up for a good chat, and there’s also a funky coffee caravan and wi-fi.
Trip Advisor Reviews
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.