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Innovative

Nice little sort of old bus , interior removed, with lots of weird things inside. He is quite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jjasg10
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Singapore, Singapore
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Incredible fun for all ages!

This place was recommended by a friend who lived around the area. It's an absolute treasure trove... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AmishaCam
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“coffee cart” (4 reviews)
“lost gypsy” (20 reviews)
“curio shop” (2 reviews)
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Papatowai, New Zealand
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"south island of new zealand"
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"amazing collection"
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"worth a stop"
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"kinetic art"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed February 11, 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
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Reviewed February 8, 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
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Reviewed February 7, 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
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Reviewed February 6, 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!

Thank Geoff49
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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a very unique place to visit at papatowai.I have never seen anything like it within new zealand.A small entrance fee of 5nzd applies.So worth it to check this place out.Theres a coffee/drinks and food that are sold at the entrance. I ordered the...More

Thank Ethel Y
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

We enjoyed a gander through the place, but we knew that our 2 engineer sons with their touch-everything children could have a lot of fun here.

Thank gorgle
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