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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Fun, creative and hands on

Before today I never thought much about the steampunk movement but I have to say this place is so... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
Lorna P
Maidstone, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting and interactive

We were pleasantly surprised by steampunk hq. Kids found it interesting and interactive. The... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
Timaru, New Zealand
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Before today I never thought much about the steampunk movement but I have to say this place is so cool! Full of beautifully designed creations showcasting true imagination, plenty to look at as well as interact with. Loved the portal, went in three times and...More

1  Thank Lorna P
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by steampunk hq. Kids found it interesting and interactive. The light/music/mirror room was a highlight.

1  Thank James-Kacey
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic wonderful insight into one persons vision of a world with only steam power. So much fun.

1  Thank Jeanette S
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Stumbled into this little gem on our way through Oamaru and im really glad we did, the excibits were awesome and well made. The explanations were interesting and helpful. The massive motorbike in the yard outside was my favorite.

1  Thank joshieboi93
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

An interesting stop for sure, I'm so glad I went in- the art inside is amazing and interactive. Pleasing the the eye as well, 'the vortex' especially. Make sure you don't miss the outside area as well!

1  Thank Tori S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

It might not be taken seriously as art, but this warehouse of Steampunk sculpture and installations is worth the admission fee, especially for Steampunk fans. Hands on, so great for all ages. The portal was great - ran it twice. I went in winter, and...More

1  Thank USExPatInNZ
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

A pretty fun 30-45 minutes looking at some out there creations. You'll want to look up steampunk if you don't know it before you go - otherwise you might wonder what he heck is going on! We had a blast and the kids (11 and...More

1  Thank Alex S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

The portal was out of this world! It's mid winter so come prepared with thick jackets as there's no heating. The family ticket price is great value at $20. As adults in a group, sorry but I feel it was a little over priced at...More

Thank shonadixon
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Pretty nice workshop. The exhibits are awesome, it's really interactive and the staff is friendly. The portal was so awesome that we used it twice. Only downside is that it is really small.

Thank NirljaEldar
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

An interesting place to stop and look. Wonderful buildings and great creations. Fantastic imagination.

1  Thank Rhona S
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6 November 2016|
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Response from sphq_mgmt | Property representative |
Hi there, I have heard that shore excursions to Oamaru are about to start on some cruise liners so check that out. If not, you would have to rent a car in Dunedin and drive the 1 1/2 hours to Oamaru. The drive is scenic... More
16 February 2016|
Response from LizzieSlothouber | Reviewed this property |
yes its wheelchair accessible BUT you have to be very careful ... as its dark inside ... lots of twists and turns and when you get outside .. the ground is small stones ... a bit of a challenge ... hope that helps :)
13 January 2016|
Response from sphq_mgmt | Property representative |
$10 adult, $2 child, $20 family