Steampunk HQ
Steampunk HQ
4.5
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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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  • James H
    Oceanside, California592 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and imaginative.Go.
    Fascinating and creative exhibition on a steam punk theme. Good visual products often paired with music or video. Nic3 sense o& humor in explanations. Lots of stuff to climb on and let your imagination run wild. Dress appropriately to climb on stuff for photos. 10NZ Dollars for admission, I thought it was well worth it. Could be dark in some areas.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2023
  • TR82
    212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weird and Wonderful
    Went into this place about half hr after opening on a wild and windy day but during school holidays so expected a crowd, there was only 1 other group in the museum so felt like we had the place to ourselves. The museum is a spooky, trippy, artistic feature with heaps of sculptures made from old industrial gear and other scraps- it is dark in most areas and some of the sculptures are a bit scary for little kids (our 5yr old was a bit 50/50 but the 9yo loved it) The best thing about this place is they encourage you to touch and press and pull everything which is great for kids, they also are ok with photos. There are heaps of interactive little books and crannys to explore. Probably allow about an hour to experience the whole museum - at $20 it was very reasonable.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Andrew9316
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The SteampunkHQ was fun to explore
    We really enjoyed this place. The various items and exhibits in there were a lot of fun to see or mess around with if it was an interactive item. For anyone into steampunk it's a must see if you're in the area. The one note I will make is that paying the $2 to activate the train or the zeppelin is not quite worth it. The guy that checked us in to our hotel said we should do it, but really it's a lot of sound, a few lights, and some fire that comes out. Perhaps it would be more spectacular at night, but since they close at 4pm we were there long before dark (though both are accessible with the Steampunk HQ closed).
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
  • 8484nikkid
    Adelaide, Australia118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this museum
    My husband and I spent all afternoon here. There's so much to see and experience. The exhibits are quirky and fun. Lots of great photo opportunities. I would definitely recommend this museum as it's certainly something different to the usual museum
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • ExploringLife
    Moama, Australia1,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do. 👏👍👌
    We didn’t really know what to expect. It was clever, eclectic if not weird in so places, had a blend of mechanical history, art and imagery all at once. We went through multiple times on the one visit because everywhere you looked you saw something you’d missed. Amazing.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
  • evets1232016
    Sydney, Australia437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Your kids will love it, adults maybe not so much
    This place is quite weird, and would not be to everyone's taste, although I think kids would love it. Very few of the exhibits actually work, so I think the ticket prices are a bit inflated. But if you are in Oamaru, it's worth a visit. If nothing else, it will get you down to the lovely colonial quarter and harbour.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2024
  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strange Steampunk
    I wasn’t sure of what we would see inside this speciality museum but was certainly surprised and perplexed by it all.   For those that like this style of art and creativity it would be amazing.

For a rookie for me I found it a bit difference, a bit strange and a bit weird. I am not sure what to make of it.   For me it was a lot of metal made into obscure art.   For what they have done it is very clever and they have presented it in a very complimentary way. They have done a great job. 
But to be honest I didn’t like it myself.   It was a good way to spend an hour to fill our rainy day.   I will give it a good rating as it didn’t satisfy my own preference of art, but for those that like this style it would be most enjoyable.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
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amr100
Wellington, New Zealand1,070 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Infinity portal was an awesome concept. Rest of it a quick walk through for me. Is small. Shop has great earrings. Not for me but great building and great photo opp outside.
Written 29 February 2024
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Hauraki2003
Sydney, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this unique museum; much to interest and amuse at every turn. The exhibits helped us engage with technologies of the last 250 years in an entertaining way without the dryness of traditional museum displays with their accurate but instantly forgettable exhibition descriptions of exhibits.
Written 22 February 2024
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I wasn’t sure of what we would see inside this speciality museum but was certainly surprised and perplexed by it all.
 
For those that like this style of art and creativity it would be amazing.

For a rookie for me I found it a bit difference, a bit strange and a bit weird. I am not sure what to make of it.
 
For me it was a lot of metal made into obscure art.
 
For what they have done it is very clever and they have presented it in a very complimentary way. They have done a great job.

But to be honest I didn’t like it myself.
 
It was a good way to spend an hour to fill our rainy day.
 
I will give it a good rating as it didn’t satisfy my own preference of art, but for those that like this style it would be most enjoyable.
Written 19 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.

evets1232016
Sydney, Australia437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This place is quite weird, and would not be to everyone's taste, although I think kids would love it. Very few of the exhibits actually work, so I think the ticket prices are a bit inflated. But if you are in Oamaru, it's worth a visit. If nothing else, it will get you down to the lovely colonial quarter and harbour.
Written 12 February 2024
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ExploringLife
Moama, Australia1,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We didn’t really know what to expect. It was clever, eclectic if not weird in so places, had a blend of mechanical history, art and imagery all at once. We went through multiple times on the one visit because everywhere you looked you saw something you’d missed. Amazing.
Written 10 February 2024
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8484nikkid
Adelaide, Australia118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I spent all afternoon here. There's so much to see and experience. The exhibits are quirky and fun. Lots of great photo opportunities. I would definitely recommend this museum as it's certainly something different to the usual museum
Written 5 February 2024
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Gill O
Ascot, UK633 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Well, a very interesting and completely different place. I can’t pretend to understand it but it was strangely compelling. Lots of hands-on for younger ones and so much to take in en route. Certainly an experience!
Written 13 January 2024
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Diane W
Nelson, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a fun thing to do. An interesting and thought provoking display of human creativity. Go on, give it a go!
Written 8 January 2024
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ukfminnz
Palmerston North20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Really interesting and creative, great fun to explore. It's great to see something like this mostly created out of recycled material that might otherwise be scrapped. Good also to see it was open on new year's day and staffed by enthusiasts. For Patrick O'Brian fans look out for the ship model used for the film Master and Commander, created by Weta Workshop, now modified to steampunk design.
Written 31 December 2023
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Andrew9316
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed this place. The various items and exhibits in there were a lot of fun to see or mess around with if it was an interactive item. For anyone into steampunk it's a must see if you're in the area.

The one note I will make is that paying the $2 to activate the train or the zeppelin is not quite worth it. The guy that checked us in to our hotel said we should do it, but really it's a lot of sound, a few lights, and some fire that comes out. Perhaps it would be more spectacular at night, but since they close at 4pm we were there long before dark (though both are accessible with the Steampunk HQ closed).
Written 19 December 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.

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