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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Very Cool!

We were on the fence about visiting, and we are so glad we did! Steampunk HQ is an incredibly... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Mary L
Fairfax, VA, United States

I was recommended to me. We went along and I was grateful that we did. Amazing portal room the kids... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
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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%
Travellers talk about
“mad max” (52 reviews)
“steam buns” (56 reviews)
“scrap metal” (14 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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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
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

It was cool to see mad max looking stuff, but it wasn't a very long walk around the place. Might be good with kids though, a few seemed to be having fun playing on the train outside

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I took some international visitors to Steampunk HQ- wasn't really expecting that much but wanted to show them the attractions. I was very impressed with the whole place. The infinity room was fantastic - saw a similar installation at Te Papa a few years ago...More

1  Thank Kris s
Reviewed 23 April 2017

some unusual pieces of quirky 'art'. quite a unique place that is worth a visit. some pieces do have explanation attached however a little more reading about each piece would be even more interesting. the 'portal' is the attraction for the kids!

1  Thank jess h
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The Good: very cool exhibits offering an alternate history with whimsy and nooks and gadgets to explore. The Problematic: I hesitate to mention this, but I was a young woman traveling alone and found the museum curator uncomfortably flirtatious, despite me turning down an offer...More

2  Thank aadvarkanteater
sphq_mgmt, Manager at Steampunk HQ, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you for your review. We take all visitor reviews seriously and we have responded to your concerns. Immediate action has been taken. If you require further clarification we are happy to discuss this with you. We apologise for your poor experience visiting Steampunk HQ.

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

One of the most interesting things we've seen in NZ so far. Could've spent hours and days in there exploring and seeing different things and details. Nicely done!

1  Thank valdebon
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were a little unsure what Steampunk was all about. Had to check it out. Pretty interesting art and some really amazing installations. Agree with other reviewers that the "Portal" room was interesting and pretty cool. Only downside was the man at the counter was...More

1  Thank DanandCollette
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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