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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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SteamPunk

Best place ever, cheap to get into and so interesting, so much talent inside. Absolutely enjoyed......

Reviewed 2 days ago
Toni D
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best place ever, cheap to get into and so interesting, so much talent inside. Absolutely enjoyed......

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Disappointing. Not a shot of steam in sight. Full of creations representing aliens and doom and gloom. A home for old 1970s junk. Nothing mechanical or clockwork in the place - almost all the exhibits ( the ones that actually did anything) ran on electrickery. The only highlight was a room full of lights that felt like you were in... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Would 100% recommend. This place was really different and the staff were really friendly. The exhibitions were weird and really interesting

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting to look at the amazing creativity of the artists. Too expensive. Wide variety of junk- big and small. Quite deep dark and murky for children.

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Thank TravellerConference
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hadn't heard of this place but my partner had. It's great. A mix between museum and art. Bought a cool t shirt for my son.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this location with our children and grandchildren and they loved it. Well most of them did.It can be a little frighty for small children, but with lots of cuddles and fun talk we turned the dark stuff around to be a fun and exciting adventure. BUT keep your children with you, this is not an attraction where you... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into art created from recycled objects in Steampunk's Victorian engineering meets futuristic fantasy, this is your place! The portal experience was mind-blowing and there was also an adapted church organ where you could create your own sound sculpture. We loved it all.

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1 Thank ChristinefromWales
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure what we were expecting but this is probably much better for families. We enjoyed the room with lights and mirrors and found this very effective. The rooms were very dark and perhaps this was to add to the atmosphere but it was hard to see the different creations.

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Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazingly weird collection, most of it too modern to be 'steam' but worth the cost of admission and the time. We spent almost an hour looking through the two rooms and the yard. The displays would benefit from having an explanation, or even individual names, just to give you an idea of the sculptors thinking at the time.

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Fairfax, VA, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on the fence about visiting, and we are so glad we did! Steampunk HQ is an incredibly unique, creative, and artistic gallery of re-engineered odds and ends, each with a clever story to go along. Take your time to check out each piece, and don't forget to look up, down, and in-between, as you could easily miss something!

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