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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Assault on the Senses

Steampunk HQ is an art form that assaults all of the senses (except taste) at the same time. Stunning visual machine sculptures interlaced with light, darkness and clever video... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2013
David P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 28 March 2013 via mobile

Steampunk HQ is an art form that assaults all of the senses (except taste) at the same time. Stunning visual machine sculptures interlaced with light, darkness and clever video that slightly unnerves you as your mind is stimulated visually, acoustically by multiple sound and the smell of oil and metal handing on the air. Some people will never understand Steampunk... More 

Thank David P
Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2013

I'm glad there was the annual Art Exhibition on (at the end of the street) explaining the Steampunk history or I might not have stopped at the workshop. First make sure you put a $2 coin in the working train engine in front of the building... dusk is great for the flaming effects while still being able to see detail.... More 

Thank Pam F
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Brilliant, especially the film, amazing kalidascope. Sit in the dentist's chair and watch and listen very carefully mind blowing. Did you see The Rabbit? If not watch again! An absolute must if you are in that area, visual art at its best. Annie P.

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Wow, what a place, just my sort of wacky stuff. I can't begin to describe the amazing things you will see here, there are giant flies, weirdo machines, the smallest maze, and cranes, trains and other stuff that fire up or do "something". A truly fantastic place, I must try to replica at home!!!! (on a smaller scale of course)... More 

Thank jools011
Paris, France
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

I loved it ! Please don't hurry when you visit Steampunk HQ. Take you're time to look closer and feel the inspiring vibes. Peter L, France

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2013

Whatever you do in NZ South Island, go and see Steampunk HQ. Fantastic combination of engineering art and recycling you are ever likely to see. One tip though, don't take photographs inside. The gloom is needed to make the experience work. However, it works well for the outside yard exhibits. Fantastically well done guys! J Archer, Worcestershire, UK

Thank John A
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2013

What a totally wierd place run by very friendly people with very unusual imaginations. Think Mad Max and you'll have an idea. Pieces of "junk" of all types welded together, to make science fiction, almost spooky, contraptions. Yes it looks like a junk yard out the back - it is, but its junk waiting to be made into strange works... More 

Thank S4ndyF
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Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

Although still a project in progress you enter a nutter realm playing with your imagination. If I could weld I would gladly step in and make some machinations myself. I just loved it, so did my 2 sons. Tip : have a look at the work of Panamarenko, it might give you some more inspiration.

Thank Chris C
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

We enjoyed this eccentric exhibition, even though the entrance price of 10$ maybe was a little bit steep. Steam punk is sort of how people from the Victorian era would have imagined the future. It was fun to see! Too bad some people seem to think of it as a heap of scrap metal, when it's more a weird, quirky... More 

Thank Kikipi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Holly cow this was great. Again! I'd been here before with my Wife for a looksee about a year ago but thought we’d go through again to see if anything had changed. Cath's a huge fan. They seem to have extended out the back now and the place is just FULL of groovy stuff to go see, watch, and interact... More 

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