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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Just passed through and saw this steam engine next to the street aiming for the sky?! What the... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2014
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This is funky and interesting. Older kids will love this and the entry fee is quite reasonable... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2014
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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)
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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 10 January 2014 via mobile

Just passed through and saw this steam engine next to the street aiming for the sky?! What the...? Park car, go and see......Were we surprised! A mix of Madmax, Book of Eli, 1997 escape from NY and other Apocalyptic dreams/nightmares. Excellent presentation! Loved it. Te...More

Thank SunriseSki
sphq_mgmt, Manager at Steampunk HQ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2014

Thank you for your positive review of Steampunk HQ. We are thrilled that your entire family enjoyed their journey of discovery through the building appreciating its mysterious art forms. Please call in again.

Reviewed 6 January 2014

This is funky and interesting. Older kids will love this and the entry fee is quite reasonable. Close to other Oamaru attractions.

Thank MaryJoyCanberra
Reviewed 6 January 2014

This was a bit like Mad Max on speed! The guy said, "You will see something different every time you look." He was right. There were no explanations, explanations would have ruined everything. Odeshog is absolutely correct. It justifies a trip to Oamaru! I have...More

Thank NZMike57
sphq_mgmt, Manager at Steampunk HQ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2014

Thanks NZMike57 it sounds as though you had a mind enhancing experience at the weird yet wonderful world of Steampunk HQ. We're doing our best to create a unique tourist attraction for Oamaru. Please visit us again soon.

Reviewed 30 December 2013

Right on the way to Moeraki Boulders, this strange-looking steam-powered locomotive artwork stands in the middle of a beautiful town of limestone buildings and antique shops and lovely gardens. Funky? You bet! Check out the local radio station, too. Inside is a marvelous museum of...More

Thank Mitch-MK
Reviewed 19 December 2013

Before I went in a attempted to explain to my friend (with my very little knowledge) about what Steampunk is, but gave up and just presumed they would explain it inside... However, there was so explanation of anything (except about who made some of the...More

Thank izzo0o0o
Reviewed 12 December 2013

We just tripped over it. Fantastic, crasy, completely incomprehensible yet a realistic projection of the future. We didn't understand a thing yet loved it :-) Go, go, go!

Thank OdeshogTravelers
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Spend a fun 45 minutes to half an hour exploring this large, bizarre steampunk art installation. There's something new and odd around every corner - don't neglect the courtyard area with the "rocket ship"!

Thank eac1
Reviewed 18 November 2013

If you are wondering if it is worth going back to Steampunk HQ since you enjoyed your last visit, do it! They do change up some things and the place just keeps getting better.

Thank Khaybee
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Loved the concept of this place, the different atmosphere they have created. Worth the entrance fee without a doubt.

Thank Natasha H
Reviewed 3 November 2013

The theatrical value was there but we were none the wiser leaving than arriving - a lot of historical items (some recognisable from years gone by) - dim and dark for viewing. The train out front was the best part.

Thank Nicola W
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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