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Steampunk HQ

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Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 778 6547
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Astonishingly creative and crazy !

Steampunk HQ is like nothing you will see anywhere else in New Zealand (or overseas perhaps?). It is crazy, creative futuristic fun of the Jetsens meets Victorian Oamaru and is... read more

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Jude G
Golden Bay, New Zealand
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Golden Bay, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Steampunk HQ is like nothing you will see anywhere else in New Zealand (or overseas perhaps?). It is crazy, creative futuristic fun of the Jetsens meets Victorian Oamaru and is truly astonishing. So is the old grain store building it's housed in, built of massive beams and posts and big stone blocks. Make sure you go in to The Portal... More 

1 Thank Jude G
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not a big area to walk through but plenty of cool and interesting recycled metal art & objects to check out. The "Portal" is a great experience with clever use of many lights & mirrors to create a wonderful 2 minute experience (you may wish to reassure little kids that it is something 'nice' to step into - compared to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was cool to see mad max looking stuff, but it wasn't a very long walk around the place. Might be good with kids though, a few seemed to be having fun playing on the train outside

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I took some international visitors to Steampunk HQ- wasn't really expecting that much but wanted to show them the attractions. I was very impressed with the whole place. The infinity room was fantastic - saw a similar installation at Te Papa a few years ago and this was a match.

1 Thank Kris s
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

some unusual pieces of quirky 'art'. quite a unique place that is worth a visit. some pieces do have explanation attached however a little more reading about each piece would be even more interesting. the 'portal' is the attraction for the kids!

1 Thank jess h
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Good: very cool exhibits offering an alternate history with whimsy and nooks and gadgets to explore. The Problematic: I hesitate to mention this, but I was a young woman traveling alone and found the museum curator uncomfortably flirtatious, despite me turning down an offer for a drink that night (before I even bought my ticket). He wanted to take... More 

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sphq_mgmt, Manager at Steampunk HQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We take all visitor reviews seriously and we have responded to your concerns. Immediate action has been taken. If you require further clarification we are happy to discuss this with you. We apologise for your poor experience visiting Steampunk HQ. More 

Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most interesting things we've seen in NZ so far. Could've spent hours and days in there exploring and seeing different things and details. Nicely done!

1 Thank valdebon
Fairplay, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a little unsure what Steampunk was all about. Had to check it out. Pretty interesting art and some really amazing installations. Agree with other reviewers that the "Portal" room was interesting and pretty cool. Only downside was the man at the counter was so busy trying to scam the ladies, we had to wait for 10 minutes for... More 

1 Thank DanandCollette
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not quite know what to expect - but we are all happy that we went in! We all looooooved 'the portal' and went in more than once ;-) Very cool!

1 Thank susanna_n_kids
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is must if you are in Oamaru!! The locals take great pride in Steampunk and the headquarters is brilliant. The interactive features are great and the works are bizarre but really creative. You have to try the portal!! This is great fun.

1 Thank Nigel2312

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