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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Loved this place

The light portal was an an absolute highlight. Interesting exhibits and interactive. Nothing... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
Kate G
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Play with the buttons

It was definitely one of those active art exhibitions where you needed to play with the buttons to... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
GMTK
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Hamilton, 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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“mad max” (55 reviews)
“infinity room” (29 reviews)
“steam punk” (60 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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+64 27 778 6547
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"mad max"
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"infinity room"
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"steam punk"
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"light room"
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"scrap metal"
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"light show"
in 17 reviews
"steam train"
in 21 reviews
"quirky place"
in 12 reviews
"worth the entry fee"
in 9 reviews
"science fiction"
in 9 reviews
"art gallery"
in 10 reviews
"per adult"
in 9 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 11 reviews
"new zealand"
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"south island"
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The light portal was an an absolute highlight. Interesting exhibits and interactive. Nothing else like it in NZ. The lady on the front counter was very warm and welcoming

Thank Kate G
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

It was definitely one of those active art exhibitions where you needed to play with the buttons to bring things alive. There are some amazing art works in progress and it was great to read about the visiting artists staring projects for others to grow...More

1  Thank GMTK
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

When you see the steam railway outside you have seen the best part of the exhibition. Inside a lot is dirty or falling apart. Not recommended.

Thank Vielspass64
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Came here as a child and decided that my husband and I would come back and relive a few memories. Nothing much had changed since I was last here which was a shame not to see a few more new pieces, but all the same...More

Thank Alice Z
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We had to do a detour & came across this interesting place & decided to go to see what it was all about. It's a great building with brilliant exhibitions & interactive pieces. We had a nine year old who really enjoyed it as did...More

1  Thank Dee_Mc04
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Steampunk HQ is an interesting place to visit although there weren't too many exhibits. The building looks big but the actual exhibits only occupied two floors. Steampunk HQ is located next to Victorian Precinct and is something unique for everybody. I would recommend to purchase...More

Thank travelwithting
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We stumbled across this gem of a place over easter weekend as we were heading through Oamaru & took a quick detour to see the historic victorian area. Our boys aged 10 & 15yrs & the engineer hubby were in steampunk heaven. Some really fab...More

1  Thank Stony6
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I had no idea what to expect, the entry was really good at only $10 pp. It blew me away, quirky, fun, interactive, very Mad Max. Fun and interesting for all ages

1  Thank Lyn A
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We strolled past the building and were struck by the sculptures outside. We are no more aware of the steampunk culture as the average citizen but thought for ten dollars it is worth a look. Inside there are three rooms with large and small sculptures...More

1  Thank woodyguthrie
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Such a lovely surprise in amongst lots of metal and darkness then the fabulous light and music show! So happy! Could have stayed there for hours. Is definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank dljobe
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rtpana
6 November 2016|
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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
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Shazster
16 February 2016|
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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 :)
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Tehanw
13 January 2016|
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$10 adult, $2 child, $20 family
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