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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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Faversham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, the place is interesting - but I think the most interesting item is the steam engine outside the building which you can set in motion for the cost of $1.00 (or was it $2.00?!). There's a variety of quirky stuff inside but, if I'm honest, my interest waned after the first 10 minutes or so as... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oamaru is such a great place to visit and this attraction is one of the many reasons. We enjoyed this quirky place and loved the portal experience that we kept going back for more. The whole place is an amazing piece of art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting place to visit but even more fun is the tuk tuks you can hire just at the entrance. We rode around the waterfront and through town. Loads of fun. ( and exercise )

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for fans of Steampunk young and old, really inventive and fun exhibits, lots of hands on fun, not boring and no touch. The Portal was excellent. Personally a great inspiration for home decor. Excellent value for money, really friendly staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the steampunk HQ. It is a unique place from imaginative individuals. Entry is not expensive ($10 adults, $2 Kids, $20 family) and there are many art pieces which are special. Don't miss "the portal", you'll know when you are there (I won't spoil the surprise) and do it a few times.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$10 entry for adults. Give about 1 hour to tour within the museum and smaller area outside. Interesting visit will be the "portal" room where it has a futuristic display.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have got a bit of time on your hands, do check out this place. It contains all kinds of metal sculptures/structures, and an odd type of church organ that 'translates' tones into other sounds. "The Portal", a door to other worlds, is a must-see. The steam locomotive in front of the premises does make noise after you've made... More 

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