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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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Wonderful !

We didn't know what to expect when we entered Steampunk HQ, but were blown away by the experience. The Portal Room is an experience not to be missed !

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 January 2017
Bill-in-Surrey
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Surrey
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

We didn't know what to expect when we entered Steampunk HQ, but were blown away by the experience. The Portal Room is an experience not to be missed !

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1 Thank Bill-in-Surrey
Maraekakaho, null, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Our family of 5 loved it, pretty cool stuff to look at and climb on and in. Remember to look up when you're there, loads of stuff everywhere, the portal is awesome.

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1 Thank Michelle A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

You won't be dissapointed!! Steampunk creations, The Portal room is amazing, imagination and interactive creations. A lot of fun for young and old! An absolute must!

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Auckland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was a must see for me , and I was not disappointed . Full of quirky props , lights and sounds every turn was a new adventure . No problems with hands on and playing with the exhibits exploring around inside the place is what its all about

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1 Thank Codiegirl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

What a fun and quirky way to spend an hour or two, exploring the steampunk headquarters. So much to entertain the whole family, scientist, adventure traveller, young at heart and historian.

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1 Thank moragm941
Ashburton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is advertised quite a bit around Oamaru. It really is a required taste as I thought it was just a waste of money. However others rave about it.It reminded me of films made in the future where there are deserted areas with train recks/remains. There has been quite some effort put into the displays, but as mentioned above -... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I try to imagine the faces of the people present at the council meeting where Oamaru Steampunk HQ was originally pitched. How those unfamiliar with steampunk - the sci fi genre that has been the fuel for movies, literature and cosplay around the world must have screwed up their faces trying to fathom the words as they came out. At... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Loved this...had to wait till Sunday and thought we'd only be there a short while. Wrong. It sucks you in. Loved it all. Reminds you of scenes from Mad Max. The Portal was brilliant. The piped organ - you have to try. Definitely heaps to explore both inside and out.

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Sohar, Oman
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

As science fiction and steampunk fans, we were looking forward to this gallery, but really found the storyline underdeveloped and the gallery much smaller than it looks from the outside. Kids would enjoy it (though it may be a bit scary for small children), but as adults it was a bit underwhelming and short for the price. It's not terribly... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Prices: $10 per adult (way to cheap if you ask me...), $2 for kids and family pass $20 Hours: Open 1am-5pm daily Quality of attraction.... 99.9 out of 100 (nothing can ever get 100!) My wife and I decided that the historic part of Oamaru was worth a visit and we were presented with a very cool looking (working) fire... More 

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