The Lost Gypsy Gallery Bus

The Lost Gypsy Gallery Bus


25 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

1 Outside the Square

1 Museums and Galleries

1 Papatowai

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My aim here is to reward the curious, to offer a creative place of wonder, beauty, gadgets and gizmos, made mostly from natural or recycled materials that will warm the heart of even the most cynical. An antidote to consumerism.

The Lost Gyspsy Gallery is open over summer from Labour Weekend (closed Wednesdays) and closed every day over winter.


Feature Value Info


The Lost Gypsy Gallery Bus

Non-profit organisation


South IslandSouthlandPapatowai


  • Outside the Square
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 25.

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Ral Pritchard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Mind boggling, hands on experience and very funny. Loved it.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Dennis Springer


Ranking: 9/10

An artist whom set up a lot of lovely unnecessary things, mainly built from rubbish, Most of the ideas you can enjoy for free, it is okay to spend $5 for the rest, because, in general, it is a great setup, not mainly for the things you see more for the lovely ideas!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of the coolest places we have ever been! Had no idea what to expect, and were delighted and impressed by all the quirky and fun creations! Like being a kid again, full of wonder and joy. Definitely don't miss stopping here, and pay the money to experience The Theater and support the artist!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Matthew Baker


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing little bus with tons of quirky inventions and the $5 to get into the main gallery was well worth it. Good coffee too!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Valentine de Beer


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice museum, filled with creation of an artist. Really funny and inspiring.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sara and Antoine


Ranking: 10/10

The coolest place ever! The guy who makes the stuff is really nice and all of his creations are amazing!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Tomas Lloyd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable! Like being a kid again. Full of excitement and intrigue. Amazing creativity by the artist to turn seemingly mundane and useless junk into something fun and playful.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Kai Krchmar


Ranking: 10/10

Very funny gallery with lots of stuff to explore. The experiments are made with so much love and creativity. It is definitely worth $5. Totally recommended.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Lena Wesselink


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice to have a look around and you can touch a lot of things! Really well made. Very creative!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome place. Lots of cool, funny and creative inventions. Never expected such a lovely place in that location.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Clement Oudjaovok


Ranking: 9/10

A great bus with strange and tiny art creations, you have to visit this bus.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Dave Smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

WOW! What a find! This place should be world famous! There is a green bus on the side of the road in Papatowai in The Catlins and in it is the most amazing collection of recycled junk mechanical art contraptions ever! It is a wonderland of bizzare and unique creations.

There are handmade automata and curios that are both artistic and very very funny. Be sure to go up the back into the garden/gallery/theatre where the artist keeps all the best stuff IT IS AMAZING!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ruud Biemans


Ranking: 10/10

Incredible interactive art!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014