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Lost Gypsy Gallery
Papatowai, on the Catlins coast, acts as a magnetic force dragging in surfers from all over New Zealand. It has long been known on the national surfing circuit for its ‘killer waves’ and big wave completion’s. The sign that welcomes you to the settlement, permanent population 30, says it’s the place where the  forest meets the sea, and the Kai Tahu have always valued the area for its abundant source of food. In Maori Papa means land and towai is the name of a  native tree.