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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Variety of metal junk creatively turned into masterpieces

Interesting to look at the amazing creativity of the artists. Too expensive. Wide variety of junk... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand

I hadn't heard of this place but my partner had. It's great. A mix between museum and art. Bought a... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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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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“mad max” (50 reviews)
“scrap metal” (14 reviews)
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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 23 May 2017

Interesting to look at the amazing creativity of the artists. Too expensive. Wide variety of junk- big and small. Quite deep dark and murky for children.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I hadn't heard of this place but my partner had. It's great. A mix between museum and art. Bought a cool t shirt for my son.

1  Thank 68skp70
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We visited this location with our children and grandchildren and they loved it. Well most of them did.It can be a little frighty for small children, but with lots of cuddles and fun talk we turned the dark stuff around to be a fun and...More

Thank Montybeel
Reviewed 18 May 2017

If you are into art created from recycled objects in Steampunk's Victorian engineering meets futuristic fantasy, this is your place! The portal experience was mind-blowing and there was also an adapted church organ where you could create your own sound sculpture. We loved it all.

1  Thank ChristinefromWales
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Not sure what we were expecting but this is probably much better for families. We enjoyed the room with lights and mirrors and found this very effective. The rooms were very dark and perhaps this was to add to the atmosphere but it was hard...More

Thank Jean B
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Amazingly weird collection, most of it too modern to be 'steam' but worth the cost of admission and the time. We spent almost an hour looking through the two rooms and the yard. The displays would benefit from having an explanation, or even individual names,...More

Thank Nmsj1957
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We were on the fence about visiting, and we are so glad we did! Steampunk HQ is an incredibly unique, creative, and artistic gallery of re-engineered odds and ends, each with a clever story to go along. Take your time to check out each piece,...More

1  Thank Mary L
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I was recommended to me. We went along and I was grateful that we did. Amazing portal room the kids really enjoyed. The exhibits were fascinating to see.

1  Thank mrtuesday
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Steampunk HQ is like nothing you will see anywhere else in New Zealand (or overseas perhaps?). It is crazy, creative futuristic fun of the Jetsens meets Victorian Oamaru and is truly astonishing. So is the old grain store building it's housed in, built of massive...More

1  Thank Jude G
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Not a big area to walk through but plenty of cool and interesting recycled metal art & objects to check out. The "Portal" is a great experience with clever use of many lights & mirrors to create a wonderful 2 minute experience (you may wish...More

1  Thank Julie J
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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