Lava Glass
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 master glassblower Lynden Over. It is the first net carbon-zero glass studio in the world. The complex offers a unique and fascinating window into the world of glassblowing. You can watch the glass artists at work, buy a unique piece of New Zealand glass art and stroll through a garden with more than 600 glass sculptures. The garden has been endorsed as a national 'Garden of Significance'. Admission tickets: Glassblowing Studio $12.50 per person 40 per family* Glass Sculpture Garden $12.50 per person 40 per family* Combination Ticket Glassblowing Studio & Glass Sculpture Garden $20 per person $70 per family* *family - 2 x adults 2 x children, under 5 years free. additional tickets - $10 p.p. i Lava Glass pieces are also available for sale in our online store. We offer insured worldwide shipping. Opening hours: Daily 9 am - 5 pm
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  • Kim S
    Tauranga, New Zealand563 contributions
    Love the new Volcanic Range
    If you haven't been to Lava Glass for a few years you are seriously in for a treat. The new volcanic range is amazing. We watched a winter bowl get blown and them couldn't decide which of the range we liked best. Starry Nights was most popular with the teen. I loved the pink and white terraces. Really stunning pieces across each range that represents NZ. Perfect piece of NZ to take-home with you.
    We are so glad to hear that you love our Volcanic Range! Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
    Written 16 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Christopher F
    London, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Nice quick stop for the intrigued
    Lovely place with some really (albeit expensive) examples of Glass Art. Just off the highway so a nice quick stop, however we were rather put off going much further in as the staff weren’t very welcoming (just glowered and didn’t even say hello) - not as we expect considering the famous NZ hospitality. So rather than venturing in decided to move onwards.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • mdh969
    Canberra, Australia615 contributions
    Lava Glass visit
    We were driving from Hastings to Rotorua and saw the sign for the glass works and stopped to have a look. There were some great works, but out of our price range 😆. You could pay watch the glass works being blown for $12.50 per person and or walk through the sculpture garden for $12.50 per person or pay $20.00 per person to do both. There is also a cafe you could get a coffee or bite to eat. Worth a look.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Darren_C_Thomas
    Brisbane, Australia914 contributions
    Best glass in New Zealand
    Simply spectacular glass studio and sculpture garden. The ability that Lyndon is able to shape objects out of glass is simply amazing. We also found some fine pieces to take home!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
  • SarahA999
    Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
    Family activity
    For a family to see the sculpture garden and see glass blowing it’s a bit over priced. The staff were not friendly at all. They didn’t tell where to go for glass blowing and where the garden is after we purchased the tickets. For glass blowing the show had already started by the staff didn’t tell us it has when we bought the tickets. The commentary wasn’t great the lady was just pointing out what was happening and didn’t go into details ..etc. I wouldn’t recommend the glass blowing experience but the sculpture garden is good.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Acineto
    Auckland Central, New Zealand20,161 contributions
    Gallery, studio and gardens
    The gallery is located on the state highway just outside of Taupo. Keep an eye out for the lava glass sign. The place has plenty of parking. The gallery is what you come across as you come in. There are plenty of glass items for sale which all look quite nice. I really like the different themed vases with their vibrant colours and clean look. The trees in glass were also quite interesting. We came by first for lunch at the cafe. We then headed into the garden, which was behind a red door in the outdoor area of the cafe. Just let the staff know so they can open the door for you. The garden was quite nice to stroll around. The glass items are all quite interesting and the size of some are quite amazing. The walk didn't take too long but it was a nice stroll. After the gardens we headed into the studio to watch them blow glass. They turned a blob of glass into one of the vases in their gallery. It was quite interesting to watch but it wasn't as I imagined as they didn't blow it up like a balloon. It was nice to learn the process of making the items and how they coloured the items or gave them their designs. It was a nice place to look at some beautiful items.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 February 2024
  • joanna659
    Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
    Glass Pieces
    Beautiful hand blown glass pieces, felt it was a little bit of an ask to have to pay to watch the glass blowing process. Have been to see several glass blowers in Australia and never been asked to pay to watch them, I feel like when you watch them work you're involved in the process and can really appreciate how much work and love goes into each piece. Would have loved to have some spare $$ to buy a bigger piece .
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
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joanna659
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful hand blown glass pieces, felt it was a little bit of an ask to have to pay to watch the glass blowing process. Have been to see several glass blowers in Australia and never been asked to pay to watch them, I feel like when you watch them work you're involved in the process and can really appreciate how much work and love goes into each piece. Would have loved to have some spare $$ to buy a bigger piece .
Written 19 February 2024
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand20,161 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The gallery is located on the state highway just outside of Taupo. Keep an eye out for the lava glass sign. The place has plenty of parking. The gallery is what you come across as you come in. There are plenty of glass items for sale which all look quite nice. I really like the different themed vases with their vibrant colours and clean look. The trees in glass were also quite interesting.
We came by first for lunch at the cafe. We then headed into the garden, which was behind a red door in the outdoor area of the cafe. Just let the staff know so they can open the door for you. The garden was quite nice to stroll around. The glass items are all quite interesting and the size of some are quite amazing. The walk didn't take too long but it was a nice stroll.
After the gardens we headed into the studio to watch them blow glass. They turned a blob of glass into one of the vases in their gallery. It was quite interesting to watch but it wasn't as I imagined as they didn't blow it up like a balloon. It was nice to learn the process of making the items and how they coloured the items or gave them their designs. It was a nice place to look at some beautiful items.
Written 2 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SarahA999
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
For a family to see the sculpture garden and see glass blowing it’s a bit over priced. The staff were not friendly at all. They didn’t tell where to go for glass blowing and where the garden is after we purchased the tickets. For glass blowing the show had already started by the staff didn’t tell us it has when we bought the tickets. The commentary wasn’t great the lady was just pointing out what was happening and didn’t go into details ..etc. I wouldn’t recommend the glass blowing experience but the sculpture garden is good.
Written 1 January 2024
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Darren_C_Thomas
Brisbane, Australia914 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Simply spectacular glass studio and sculpture garden. The ability that Lyndon is able to shape objects out of glass is simply amazing. We also found some fine pieces to take home!
Written 22 December 2023
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mdh969
Canberra, Australia615 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We were driving from Hastings to Rotorua and saw the sign for the glass works and stopped to have a look.

There were some great works, but out of our price range 😆.

You could pay watch the glass works being blown for $12.50 per person and or walk through the sculpture garden for $12.50 per person or pay $20.00 per person to do both.

There is also a cafe you could get a coffee or bite to eat.

Worth a look.
Written 10 November 2023
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Christopher F
London, UK17 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely place with some really (albeit expensive) examples of Glass Art. Just off the highway so a nice quick stop, however we were rather put off going much further in as the staff weren’t very welcoming (just glowered and didn’t even say hello) - not as we expect considering the famous NZ hospitality. So rather than venturing in decided to move onwards.
Written 28 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

622suziej
Auckland, New Zealand179 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Food was delicious and great service in the cafe. The shop was clean and well presented. Unfortunately I thought the sculpture garden was over priced for what you got.
Written 12 August 2023
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Thank you for your feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our gallery and cafe. We're sorry to hear that your visit to our sculpture garden wasn't up to your expectations. We take all feedback seriously, and we appreciate your honest feedback.
Written 16 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kim S
Tauranga, New Zealand563 contributions
July 2023 • Family
If you haven't been to Lava Glass for a few years you are seriously in for a treat. The new volcanic range is amazing. We watched a winter bowl get blown and them couldn't decide which of the range we liked best. Starry Nights was most popular with the teen. I loved the pink and white terraces.

Really stunning pieces across each range that represents NZ. Perfect piece of NZ to take-home with you.
Written 4 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We are so glad to hear that you love our Volcanic Range! Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Written 16 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

L1sa
New Zealand21 contributions
July 2022 • Couples
First time been here. It was a cool place got to see different types of glass made from lava which was cool.
Overall was ok.
Written 21 June 2023
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Hi Lisa, Thanks for sharing your feedback. Just to clarify, we don't make our glass art from lava. Lava Glass is our brand name :)
Written 16 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sheryl
Taupo, New Zealand13 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
As I entered the showroom I couldn't not be amazed at the creativity, onto the yummy cafe with the option to go and watch a blob of glass become the most incredible vase and I couldn't miss the sculpture garden.
Well worth the stop just past the main round about heading toward Rotorua from Taupo.
Written 12 May 2023
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Hi Sheryl, 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 16 August 2023
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