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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Lost on the ideas

Was recommended to visit with the kids - seemed quite a weird place and a waste of the $20 family... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
Chinacol A
Shenzhen, China
via mobile
World Headquarters For Steampunk

For lovers of steampunk this is the place for you - a must visit on our recent trip to the South... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Queensland, Australia
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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 19 June 2017 via mobile

Was recommended to visit with the kids - seemed quite a weird place and a waste of the $20 family entrance fee - I guess one has to understand the sculpture behind these pieces - which are very creative but the storyline behind it all...More

Thank Chinacol A
Reviewed 10 June 2017

For lovers of steampunk this is the place for you - a must visit on our recent trip to the South Island of New Zealand - great attractions and exhibits and "The Portal" room is not to be missed. The building is not heated so...More

1  Thank Pitty604
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Really enjoyed the mirror reflection room. Amazing music and the light show. Can't forget the experience.

Thank ThilinaJay
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Pretty cool Steampunk HQ ahahhaa The portal is awesome make sure you visit it when you are inside! Crazy things and awesome crazy place!!

1  Thank Maximilliano M
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Very dark steampunk but a lot of fun. .. incredibly well done ☺. Absolutely worth a visit ... do remember to go outside and investigate too !

1  Thank vicktikitoria
Reviewed 28 May 2017

A bit of a tribute to late Chris Meder's artwork of which several are on exhibit otherwise like a lot of still shots from one of those tedious armageddon movies. It's wonderful to recycle junk, but nothing much inside here that isn't just static dumped...More

Thank JiaYee82
Reviewed 28 May 2017

this is more for younger type folks,as there is a bit of climbing up on things,and my mother wasn't that comfortable with climbing up on a couple of the exhibits.. however i thought it was excellent.For a $10 entry (adults) it was pretty cool..the lighting...More

Thank kellyfR8040IH
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Best place ever, cheap to get into and so interesting, so much talent inside. Absolutely enjoyed......

1  Thank Toni D
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Disappointing. Not a shot of steam in sight. Full of creations representing aliens and doom and gloom. A home for old 1970s junk. Nothing mechanical or clockwork in the place - almost all the exhibits ( the ones that actually did anything) ran on electrickery....More

Thank Annie S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Would 100% recommend. This place was really different and the staff were really friendly. The exhibitions were weird and really interesting

1  Thank TyroneTraveller7007
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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