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Steampunk HQ

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Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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+64 27 778 6547
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Steampunk hq, which opened in november 2011, is an art collaboration...

Steampunk hq, which opened in november 2011, is an art collaboration proudly based in oamaru, new zealand. It sets out to portray an industrial version of steampunk, with a giant sense of humour and larger than life visions of an off the wall steampunk universe. Steampunk HQ is well known for its full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke The lonely planet guide rates steampunk hq as one of nz’s best new tourist attractions.

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Had a good visit

It is a cool place and our 5 year old, a big steam punk fan, really enjoyed himself. His 3 year old sister was a little bit scared.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Louise H
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a cool place and our 5 year old, a big steam punk fan, really enjoyed himself. His 3 year old sister was a little bit scared.

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1 Thank Louise H
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A quirky wee museum in a quirky wee town! We loved it! Lots of interesting objects to look at and interact with, inside and out. It was loads of fun and not to expensive.

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Deloraine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steam punk isn't really my thing but thought we would have a look and found it rather interesting all the different bits and pieces they had and what everything was made out of, definitely worth a look

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1 Thank HLE-94
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must visit in Oamaru. It's quirky and fun. You are encouraged to interact with all you see, climbing on things, pressing buttons and all sorts. Some parts are like being in a Mad Max movie. There is a room you go into and it's filled with mirrors and lights and music and this is amazing. It's $10... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting NZ is mostly about the great outdoors, but this was a welcome change. I can only speculate it was put together by someone with access to unlimited quantities of both industrial scrap and psychedelic drugs. It stands out all the more for being located in Oamaru, a little town otherwise remarkable only for its Victorian quarter.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worthwhile visit to this crazy and quirky place. A must to see if you go to Oamaru. Interesting for ladies too.

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1 Thank Melanieh910
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the few rocks on the beach thing (Moeraki Boulders)... then came here and were blown away! What an amazing use of left brain imaginings. The light show takes you to a whole new world. Must see! Highly recommended. Well done guys.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were two 30-year olds and a 72 year old, visiting just because we wanted to stop somewhere on the way to Dunedin and this looked too weird to miss. We showed up thinking we had about an hour until closing, but we forgot it was Sunday and they close a bit earlier. The guy let us in for a... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting Oamaru for many years, we have seen a huge amount of hype for Steampunk HQ. We were disappointed when we finally visited it. There were a few interesting exhibits, but mostly a lot of old stuff with little explanation. I found a lot of the old machinery interesting, but that is just me. A highlight was the experience with... More 

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chelmsford
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did not really understand this art concept before entering and l do not have a clue after going around the Steam punk museum.lt would be helpful if there was a commentary or someone to explain its origins and goals. To the layman it just looks like a lot of rusty industrial waste fashioned into the set of a Mad Max... More 

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