Lava Glass

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

Art Galleries • Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
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
About
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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Dawn B
2 contributions
Great little cafe
Jun 2021 • Friends
Good coffee and scones here small cafe but nice food always like visiting the glass shop as well interesting and friendly
Written 14 June 2021
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wendy1811027
Taupo, New Zealand219 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021
Do stop at visit the Lava Glass gallery the glass art on display is wonderful and you can buy a smaller affordable piece as well as the more expensive collectable art.
Written 29 May 2021
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Sue M
Wellington, New Zealand132 contributions
Good visit on a wet day
Apr 2021 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours at Lava Glass and had a good experience. We had just ordered lunch, and while we waited for our food, I checked timings for the glass blowing demonstration. One was about to start - but great service! Our food went on hold and our coffees were brought into the glass blowing studio for us! We had a walk through the sculpture garden, purchased a beautiful piece of glass, and drove away very satisfied wit6the whole experience.
Written 10 April 2021
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Dear Sue, Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Our priority is customer service and we are ecstatic that we met that mark. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 25 May 2021
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Glennis B
Whakatane, New Zealand318 contributions
Unfortunate but good
Apr 2021 • Friends
I loved the glassblowing guy but everything else was ok but not amazing..the garden was cute but tiny and way overpriced...
maybe should be free with glassblowing guy or a Meal.....
The cafe was bad...very small selection and the sausage rolls we ordered were dry hard and pastry dry.....the salad didn't have any dressing. Coffee was bitter. On the whole , very disappointing.
Written 5 April 2021
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Dear Glennis, thank you for your feedback. We are always striving to meet our customers’ expectations, and it sounds like this time we fell short. I want to assure you that your experience is not common, and I will do everything I can to make sure we do better in the future. We've already discussed your feedback with our cafe staff. I hope you’ll give us another chance.
Written 25 May 2021
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Ash J
Wellington, New Zealand215 contributions
Beautiful setting, great service
Mar 2021 • Couples
Had a wonderful break from the road at Lava Glass. Warm welcome as soon as we walked through the door. Amazing glass sculptures and art pieces, representing the beautiful landscapes from across the region and beyond.

Sculpture garden very well presented. Currently half price as there is a break in glass blowing as the furnace is changed out

Cafe on site

Great service from Carmen - thank you
Written 22 March 2021
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Hi, I’m so happy to hear you had a positive experience at Lava Glass. Our new electric furnace is running now and our artists are back blowing glass seven days a week. I hope you’ll stop by, the next time you’re in Taupo.
Written 25 May 2021
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Well worth a stop
Mar 2021
There was no glass-blowing on the day we visited but the stroll around the sculpture garden was very pleasant. While the influence of Dale Chihuly the famous American glass sculptor was evident, there were also some appealing New Zealand-influenced ideas on show. As for the shop - what an excellent display! Some really superb pieces; the ones based on the colours in the New Zealand landscape particularly appealed to us. And our enjoyment of both garden and shop were added to by the excllent coffee in the on-site cafe. Definitely worth a visit if you're staying in Taupo or on the road from Taupo to Rotorua.
Written 16 March 2021
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Dear Allan, Thank you for the 5 stars! It’s so great to hear that you've enjoyed your visit to Lava Glass. We really appreciate that you took the time to share your feedback. You might be interested in checking out our online store. We ship our Volcanic Series worldwide. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 25 May 2021
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Laby1993
Leeds, UK25 contributions
Worth spending $15 for entry to both
Feb 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed watching the glass blowing and seeing all the designs in the garden. Its like the tv show blown away but in person.. prices reach up to 28k for some impressive pieces! We wish we could afford them but purchased a small piece for $179. Great place to fill in a bit of time.
Written 6 February 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star rating - it's much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 8 March 2021
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232anon232
Hamilton, New Zealand152 contributions
Very interesting
Jan 2021
It was interesting to see how they make the beautiful glass on display and the gardens were very beautiful huge glass sculptures a must visit.
Written 4 February 2021
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Thank you so much for your positive review. We're happy you had a fantastic time with us!
Written 8 March 2021
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dianepB7262VQ
Auckland Central, New Zealand20 contributions
Stunning
Feb 2021 • Couples
Have made a few purchases here.
The glasswork is stunning with so many beautiful colours.
There are small artworks through to large sculptures. The sculpture garden is well worth a visit.
Written 4 February 2021
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Hi Diane, Many thanks for the 5 stars. We're thankful for amazing customers like you. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 8 March 2021
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George
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Nice Place
Dec 2020
NIce place with lots of art. Cute cafe with a fair selection. Loved watching the glass blowing that was cool. Recommend
Written 27 January 2021
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Hi George, Thanks so much for your review. We're looking forward to your next visit.
Written 8 March 2021
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Lava Glass is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM