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Steampunk HQ

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1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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The reason I came to Oamaru!

This place is a steampunk fan's dream. The train outside is fantastic, even without going in, a... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2018
Amie S
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Manchester, United Kingdom
A little different and fun

This is a cool place to spend half an hour to an hour. It was only $10 to get in and has plenty of... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2018
Nick H
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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” (59 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 10 February 2018

This place is a steampunk fan's dream. The train outside is fantastic, even without going in, a great photo. Inside the artwork is so creative and creepy, with cool backstories. There's a special surprise waiting in the second room, the less you know, the better,...More

3  Thank Amie S
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This is a cool place to spend half an hour to an hour. It was only $10 to get in and has plenty of strange things to look at. It isn’t a big place so doesn’t take to long to get around but worth the...More

1  Thank Nick H
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

There are some really interesting exhibits and interactive bits here. Although it’s unlikely that you’ll spend a long time looking around, for the price there’s a decent amount of entertainment to be had. For purists the ‘Steampunk’ tag might be a little off target, but...More

Thank Dave S
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

If you have 30 minutes spare this is a lot of fun. There are installations outside like the “punk” steam engine, which are free ($2 coin for sound and sight simulation of engine running. Inspired by Dr. Who and other sci-fi show costumes and paraphernalia,...More

Thank William S
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Went with teen sons while in Oamaru for a night. Loved it. Didn't know too much about Steampunk as such before, but have always enjoyed metal sculpture and there are a great range of fantastical creations. We thoroughly enjoyed the Portal room, went back in...More

Thank DioneLK
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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Something you normally don't see. A mixture between an art museum and a workshop. It it's not that inclusive and does not provide an insight to the steam punk movement or genre. However worth a visit

Thank EnClair
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

I had wanted to visit the Steampunk capital of the world, Oamaru, for a while so I made great efforts to fit it into our New Zealand holiday. Not easy to get to, or to get around, if you are not driving but we got...More

2  Thank PatCrawford
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Musuem is filled with a variety of interactive steampunk inspired artworks - the room with the lights was great as was the coin operated exhibits outside

1  Thank Jerry A
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Glad I went to suss this place out. Was minta! Well done to all the artists who made Steampunk Hq what it is. I loved the interactive pieces like the organ and The Portal. Cheers

1  Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

If you are a Steampunk punk, this is a MUST see attraction. While here, be sure to check the old Oamaru Precinct, which ties in well with the SteamPunk theme

1  Thank actsclan
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rtpana
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
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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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