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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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Fascinating experience and well worth the money

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kris s
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dunedin
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73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

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1 Thank jess h
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks 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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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

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1 Thank valdebon
Fairplay, Colorado
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79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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284 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Heard so much about this place BUT was rather disappointed with our visit. Good point only charged for a family entrance fee. 1/2 hour and we were back outside. Disjointed, no order and no explanation to exhibit. The "back yard" was a waste of time and looked like a scrapyard. Best point the train outside the museum.

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Newcastle, Australia
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62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a fun attraction full of interesting creations and some just plain weird sculptures but I enjoy weird stuff. We'll be back for the Steampunk Festival in the near future.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Pretty cool place. Even my young kids enjoyed the visit (8,10,12ys). Plenty of Interactive stuff to do. I think it was worth the $20 entry for our family of 5. We spent around 45 minutes there.

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