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Steampunk HQ

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

Like nothing else you've ever seen, Steampunk HQ is a bizarre, quirky, fun, brilliantly creative... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2014
SimonB201
via mobile
Weird ,bizarre looking junk

For the first time on this vacation I felt I must be too old to appreciate what they are trying to... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2014
68IanM
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Norwich, 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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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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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 17 February 2014 via mobile

Like nothing else you've ever seen, Steampunk HQ is a bizarre, quirky, fun, brilliantly creative and totally entertaining gallery of technical artifacts and industrial hardware seditiously transmogrified into plausibly functional - but not quite - alternative and other-worldly high tech gadgetry with a combative twist....More

2  Thank SimonB201
sphq_mgmt, Manager at Steampunk HQ, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2014

Hi Simon, we loved your review of Steampunk HQ. Your speak is strangely similar to that of our HQ artists. Thrilled that you get what we are trying to achieve. Please spread the word and hopefully we will see you again at Steampunk HQ Oamaru.

Reviewed 8 February 2014

For the first time on this vacation I felt I must be too old to appreciate what they are trying to do here.(I am a 1960s scooter mod from UK). It just seemd to be too out there and I didnt get it.

Thank 68IanM
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Outside looks great with a steam engine (free to see) but once inside it really is a disappointment. Great concept but sadly lacking any real interest and the outside rear area is actually just a junk yard.

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

We thank you for your comments. We have plans afoot to enhance Steampunk HQ with new art installations and an interactive mirror room due for completion next summer. Please visit again.

Reviewed 28 January 2014

This museum is a great time. From the full size fire-belching train wreck outside to the interactive sculptures inside and in the yard, its a great time for anyone with a leaning towards fantasy and metal art.

Thank P P
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Steampunk was interesting but a little scary. My 7 year old was too freaked by the music but really enjoyed the outside area. Didn't take my 5 year old at all.

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

We want Steampunk HQ to appeal to all ages and will address your concern. We appreciate your comment.

Reviewed 24 January 2014

This joint is a must to see (study up on "steampunk" if you are not aware of this social genre) if visiting Oamaru. Well worth the $10 entry fee. Best to take a deep breath just after entering to get the aether pumping through your...More

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

Thank you for your lovely comments and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience. Your feedback reflects the views of many visitors to Steampunk HQ. Please visit again as we have plans afoot for many new developments.

Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

The place has a nice eerie atmosphere to it, but not much more. The presentations themselves weren't as good as I expected them to be. I liked steam punk as it is depicted in computer games (Arcanum, fallout and a few others), but I didn't...More

Thank MrSavage1
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We arrived with high expectations for Steampunk HQ. The owners are certainly to be congratulated for all of the work that they have put into Steampunk HQ and into making Oamaru a more interesting place. The town has really become more of a tourist destination...More

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

We thank you for your comments and will be addressing some of your concerns raised. We are intent on developing Steampunk HQ into a premier tourist attraction for Oamaru and therefore all feedback is invaluable to us. New art installations including an interactive mirror room...More

Reviewed 21 January 2014

After reading the site we didn't plan a visit but we passed by by accident. The building looks really mysterious and the train in front is a real eye catcher. We decided to pay the 10 dollar entrance fee and have a look inside. It´s...More

Thank Freddie_Leeman
Reviewed 18 January 2014

Found it dark , damp or dank smelling. Did not understand the junk. Wont go again , thats for sure. I am 50 . Hubby 52 and son 13. None of us enjoyed it at all.

4  Thank hollytp1963
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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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