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The Lost Gypsy Gallery

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Worth the stop

Wasn't expecting this stop to more than brief stop on our drive to Curio Bay. But the inventions... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Sairsy
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Canberra, Australia
Lovingly-Crafted Curiosities at the Edge of the World

The Lost Gypsy has been on my list to visit for the last couple of years and I finally had the... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
Tom H
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

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 an hour there-our two teens loved it as...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

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 are interactive in some way. Blair,...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

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 coffee, a meal, go in have a look....More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This place was recommended by a friend who lived around the area. It's an absolute treasure trove of creativity and the artist who hand makes all the working models, Blair Somerville, encourages people to get as hands on as possible. The gallery is split into...More

Thank AmishaCam
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We were going to skip this, looked like a load of junk... ....it is not!!! It is a loads of electronic and mechanical gadgets to entertain! So worth a stop! Grab a coffee at the bottom and go see the gadgets in the gardens! Plan...More

Thank Dean R
Reviewed 2 April 2018

this is a must pull over to visit , theres coffee , fresh ice cream, and the attraction is just plain awesome , you can do it

Thank kyoshikiwi
Reviewed 11 February 2018

This place is straight out of the mind of an absolute lunatic. The creativity and pure genius of all the gadgets is fantastic to see. If you are anywhere close to this place it is worth making a detour and going to see. On top...More

Thank Randal C
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Totally agree with other reviewers: If you are in this beautiful area of the Catlins do not miss the Lost Gypsy. There is an amazing collection of items which I found totally fascinating. Blair is a great guy and has accumulated (mostly made by him)...More

Thank Bob s
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Blair and his friends create fascinating kinetic art. You'll be delighted by their inventions. Everything about this is unique and authentic, thought-provoking and entertaining. Adore their work.

Thank EscapeDunedin
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Don’t pass this place by without stopping. It’s unusual. Have a coffee and good look at all the Heath Robison contraptions. You can turn the handles and watch stuff move. Crazy place!

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