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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Edgy, wacky, Steampunk on a grand scale

If you don't get Steampunk, this may be a stop beyond the end of the line. On the other hand, if... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2013
Auckland, New Zealand
Open your mind

This is not a high-action experience so you need to slow down and take time to explore this... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2013
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“mad max” (49 reviews)
“scrap metal” (13 reviews)
“steam train” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

If you don't get Steampunk, this may be a stop beyond the end of the line. On the other hand, if you are willing to savour a new experience, this is wonderful. Their are some BIG installations, and lots of freaky lighting sounds and even...More

Thank Petermacaulay
Reviewed 4 May 2013

This is not a high-action experience so you need to slow down and take time to explore this challenging space. We loved the flame- throwing roaring steam train outside, the whacky dentist chairs to sit and watch the hallucinatory films. Quite amazing such a small...More

Thank Fix64
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Steampunk HQ shows a real different, out of the box display of artwork, which gives you a freaky sense as you walk through the building filled with odd machines and video footage displayed by projectors. I thoroughly recommend anyone to go have a look for...More

Thank Brookeh08
Reviewed 4 May 2013

A nice bit of whimsy in Oamaru. Industrial cast offs have been modified and updated in surprising and interesting ways. Only complaint is there were a few too many things with 'Out of Order' written on them, but definitely good value and worth a visit.

Thank Granite62
Reviewed 1 May 2013

We enjoyed what we could see but seriously the interior displays are just so dark that it's hard to appreciate the effort that must have gone into the work

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 1 May 2013

It was a rainy day in Oamaru, where we had come to see penguins and sea lions. We scored on the sea lions, but struck out on penguins. Back in town, I was drawn to Steampunk HQ by the weird locomotive outside. I'm not a...More

Thank Clark A
Reviewed 25 April 2013

The SPHQ has a large railroad train outside that comes to life if you put a coin in the slot. We decided to go in and a chap looking like a mad max motor-biker type gave us a run down on what we would see...More

1  Thank TravelNutBristol
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Enjoyed having a look around. Perfect building for it. Some more info around the attractions would have been good, some info on what it is etc.

Thank Toni R
Reviewed 23 April 2013

I arrived in Oamaru, intrigued by the odd sculptures. Found by chance the Steampunk HQ. Loved the ideas, encouraging to see the mix of scrapyard and crazy minds. A must see for the madness. Lots of photo moments outside in the yard. And well worth...More

1  Thank Jilly P
Reviewed 20 April 2013

Hadn't heard of Steampunk until researching my New Zealand trip. Very interesting story, and we loved the visit to the Headquarters. Great old building and lots of very interesting objects to see and read about. You can take pictures of all the sculptures in the...More

1  Thank Lisa L
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Has anybody taken a shore excursion from Dunedin to spend the day in Oamaru? Any recommendations?
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
Hi, Would like to check on wheelchair access please...
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 :)
Entry cost adult and 1child
13 January 2016|
Response from sphq_mgmt | Property representative |
$10 adult, $2 child, $20 family