Lava Glass

Lava Glass, Taupo: Hours, Address, Lava Glass Reviews: 4/5

Art Galleries • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lava Glass is an art glass gallery, glassblowing studio & glass sculpture garden by world-renowned New Zealand master glassblower Lynden Over. The complex offers a unique and fascinating window into the world of glassblowing. You can watch the spectacular art of glassblowing, browse through the adjoining gallery of New Zealand inspired glass art and take a stroll through our beautiful glass sculpture garden. The garden features more than 600 glass sculptures and has been endorsed as 'A Garden of Significance'. Entry glassblowing studio: $7.50 per person/ $30 per family* Entry sculpture garden: $10 per person/ $40 per family* Combination ticket studio & garden: $15 per person/ $50 per family* *up to 6 individuals. Following your visit, part of your entry fee will be deducted from any glass purchase from the gallery. Lava Glass pieces are also available in our online shop. We offer insured worldwide shipping.
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Wendy McPartland
16 contributions
Jun 2022
This was our second visit to Lava Glass. The first time we walked through the lovely gardens and this time we watched the glass blowing display. Also bought things both times. The glass for sale is very nice and we are enjoying the items that we bought now that we are home. Also bought time nice cards
Written 14 June 2022
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Lynda Close
Auckland, New Zealand21 contributions
Apr 2022
Showroom is amazing, beautiful products. Don't forget to visit the garden, the glass flowers, waterfall and rainbow are amazing.
Written 5 April 2022
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Notable Tours NZ
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
Feb 2022
We took 45 people here for platter lunches, which were fantastic - great variety of tasty treats. Our group enjoyed the glass-blowing demo in 2 groups, and we were able to entertain them after lunch in the sculpture garden which has a little sound shell - just perfect for a laid back midday concert. The staff even brought the platters out for our mobility-impaired clients, and provided some fold-up chairs and blankets. great terraced seating that could probably seat over 150. This would be a great place for a Summer concert. Excellent helpful staff who went above and beyond.
Written 24 March 2022
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Anita K
Auckland Central, New Zealand101 contributions
Feb 2022
We went through the Gardens at a cost of $10.00 per person and lovely glass decorations were fabulous. We wished we had actually had lunch there instead of at Wairakei Hotel as the Cafe looked very inviting. The Glass Items for sale were beautiful and would certainly appeal to rich Tourists, but very pricey for the average Kiwi. Cheapest we saw was $45.00.
Written 12 March 2022
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Amy H
12 contributions
Jan 2022
Absolutely stunning glass, spent a while looking around the shop. Staff were very lovely, kept telling us to touch the different sorts of glass - which was nice since we were terrified of breaking anything! Only disappointing thing was the price to get into the garden. $10 is way too much for the size of it. Also, the pond could do with a good clean as it was bright green.
Written 1 February 2022
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Hi Amy, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We've attended to the pond. We take all reviews seriously and use them in our continuous improvement efforts!
Written 2 February 2022
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Steph
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Everything. Watching the glass blowing was amazing to watch and learn and the garden really showed the complexity and art that goes into creating art
Written 24 January 2022
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Dear Steph, Thank you for the 5-stars. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 2 February 2022
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Nitha79_13
Queenstown, New Zealand39 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We were just in the lava glass gallery.We did a tour for the glass making and the garden tour.we paid $50 as a family and was told that we can use $20 rebate towards our purchase in the store for $60.I choose 2 items that accumelate $70 and was told by a lady that we can't buy 2 items to use the rebate.we were told that it needs to be $60 per item.This is misleading.If you have rules like that please do not mislead customers you should be saying that at start to avoid issues.The older lady was very rude to us and spoiled our day.When we arrive there was a lady that just started 1 week ago n she was absolutely lovely.The other older lady was extremely rude.We left the gallery heavy hearted without buying anything.We came all the way from Queenstown and now went home without a souvenir.Please educate your staff to say the right thing and be nice to customers.The place was beautiful however was dissapointed with the service.
Written 27 December 2021
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Dear Sunitha, Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear you had a frustrating experience, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to my attention. We discussed the instance with our gallery staff and added labels to items that are excluded from our $60 discounted purchases to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we are gutted when we don’t meet expectations. I will be in touch to try and make things right.
Written 2 February 2022
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Scott Marks
Auckland Central, New Zealand361 contributions
Jan 2021
The gallery is filled with stunning pieces, but no photography is allowed. You can pay to watch glass-blowing in person, and you can also pay to visit a garden filled with glass sculptures. That what my attached photos are of.
There's also a nice little café here
Written 4 December 2021
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Hi Scott, Thanks for sharing this positive feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon.
Written 2 February 2022
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Jetsettersgarden
1 contribution
Nov 2021
We came with a bus load of ladies for morning tea, glass blowing and walk around the sculpture garden. A great morning and so interesting watching the glass blowing. Beautiful shop, Jetsetters Garden Group
Written 21 November 2021
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Thank you! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a 5-star review.
Written 2 February 2022
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travelfan2019
Whanganui, New Zealand9 contributions
Oct 2021
Cafe ok, scones were dry and they hand out the smallest amount of butter I've been offered anywhere. Stingy for no reason which annoyed me. Glass art is fabulous, and there is some that is quite affordable.
Written 23 October 2021
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Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm sorry that you were disappointed by the scones and the amount of butter offered. We'll discuss that with our cafe staff. Lovely to hear that you like our glass art :)
Written 2 February 2022
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