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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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A quirky place and a worthwhile visit.

I think of Steampunk HQ mostly as a little steampunk themed art gallery. It’s full of cool... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
amflhu88
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Industrial art

Really enjoyed this museum. The artworks are fabulous, so detailed. I also loved the scale of the... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2017
owlbeonholiday
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“mad max” (53 reviews)
“steam buns” (58 reviews)
“scrap metal” (14 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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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

I think of Steampunk HQ mostly as a little steampunk themed art gallery. It’s full of cool sculpture and interactive art pieces, both inside and outside. I had a lot of fun here and I think the admission price ($10 NZD) well matched the time...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

Really enjoyed this museum. The artworks are fabulous, so detailed. I also loved the scale of the pieces and the interactive aspect of them. Plenty of funny photo opportunities. The portal room was fabulous and there are many lovely jewellery pieces to tempt buyers.

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

They have a variety of things sitting outside. All a bit weird. Not really our thing. $10 entry for adults which we didn't take up. Some younger folk may enjoy this more

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

we loved the place, couldnt believe that if you wanted you could touch and play with everything, it didnt take to long to go through but was well worth the visit

1  Thank Marisa T
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This a very strange place to visit. To say the artwork is different is understatement. I think some of the works are pure genius and some are just way out there.

Thank Ken B
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Their idea of steampunk is predominantly old metal transformed into creepy alien contraptions but it makes for good art. Only a few pieces actually do anything, which doesn't bring out the mechanical aspect of steampunk (and the $2 kaleidoscope out the front is worse than...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

A very cool way to spend a few hours. The exhibits and sculptures are awesome and very creative and original.

1  Thank gloakley
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

We reached late so we couldn’t go inside to experience the activity. From outside it looked exciting.

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

We loved every minute of our visit to the Steampunk HQ. They have a wonderful selection of strange and quirky art constructed from all kinds of interesting materials - old tractors, organs, metal, plastic, etc - it is beyond description. One of the highlights of...More

1  Thank Valigator_UK
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Glad we dropped in. Everywhere you look there is something to see. Well set up and friendly inviting staff.

1  Thank wallis77
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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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