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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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Strange but Fun

We had never even heard of Steampunk before we came across this place. We thought it looked funky so decided to go in. Our 4 year old loved it. I thought it was fun and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 February 2017
KerynO84
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Cranebrook, Australia
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017 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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Cranebrook, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

We had never even heard of Steampunk before we came across this place. We thought it looked funky so decided to go in. Our 4 year old loved it. I thought it was fun and interesting even though I don't really understand it. The portal room is trippy but amazing!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped off in Oamaru and decided to pop into the museum. It is 10$ to get in. It is full of rather strange and weird machinery and contraptions. Definitely worth seeing and gaining a different view point to the world!

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1 Thank Surrey 13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I would have never expected this place. "Crazy and waky" art BUT in a very clever way. Brilliant use of old wares with max creativity. A journey in a parallel world. Something out of Mad Max, only better. Pity I'll miss the Festival in June. Do put a coin at the front of the locomotive for some fire tricks and... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Wonderful collection of fantastic exhibits all made from old steam related scrap items. The atmosphere is a bit spooky but perfectly handleable

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

we watched the old train when it was in the main street a few years ago, and this is our first time back in Oamaru since. This museum was top of our "to do" list. Amazing. Best magical destination ever. We were thoroughly captivated by the exhibits. Such creativity. Am in awe of theses artists.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

I had never heard of the Steampunk although looking into it it does seem an interesting genre. Walking around Oamaru it is quite easy to see how the author was inspired as a train track runs through the centre and the area has a strange vibe about it. A must for any fan.

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Thank SteveS1970
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This place was awesome and a fantastic dedication of art to a genre so hard to come by. The art itself and the worldly creations were all excellent and a must see. It was inspiring and I hope to visit again in future during the annual steampunk festival. It would be mind blowing to see all this at and creations... More 

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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Had been waiting for a year to visit the steampunk HQ!!! And I wasn't disappointed!!! It was magical, creative, totally bizarre! But the whole family love everything about it!! The staff who I'm guessing was the owner was very friendly and helpful!

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