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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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SteamPunk HQ, Oamaru

The theatrical value was there but we were none the wiser leaving than arriving - a lot of... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2013
Nicola W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Truly Original!

Steampunk HQ in Oamaru is well worth a visit. In all my travels it is not quite like anything else... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2013
Rachel R
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Itchen Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 27 778 6547
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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
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Steampunk HQ in Oamaru is well worth a visit. In all my travels it is not quite like anything else I have seen and I am very glad I went there. Machines have been broken apart and re-invented in surreal new forms that challenge your...More

Thank Rachel R
Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is not a place of small intricate pieces of SteamPunk-abilia. This is the home of an alternative universe filled with industrial steam punk. Big, loud, intimidating pieces of equipment, built by beings with a rather fiendish aesthetic. Walk through this gallery of the artifacts...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

At first I was skeptical about this (museum). But after spending a little while studying the (old junk) i became impressed with the theatrical value. A second inspection rendered the reality that there is actually quite a lot of historical eclectic items here. The collection...More

Thank Dapaf
Reviewed 27 August 2013

I did not know what to expect, we were greeted by the host and given a great time, It was interesting and fun. Allow yourself to be transported to another alternate world and see what life could have been or can be if all falls...More

Thank RabbitWarren
Reviewed 15 August 2013

We loved our time at HQ. You need to be able to make your own fun, but if you can, you'll love it. We could have spent all day it was so interesting.

Thank Khaybee
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Well worth the $10 entrance fee. Lots of steam and lots of punk. Too many skulls and effigies of death for me though. Fabulous art work for sale in the foyer.

Thank MrFo5
Reviewed 24 July 2013

This was something we didn't know much about, only cost $20 for our family of six, the guy in charge was quite funny and quirky! It wasn't too bad considering the cost, the kids thought it was quite interesting especially the outside area where they...More

Thank Natalie D
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Best part of this place is the train directly outside the front door. Donate a coin and watch it come to life! Inside, it is kinda quirky and dark, but just seems to be 'bits and pieces' of things. Out the back are some old...More

Thank millisynth
Reviewed 14 July 2013

This is really cool - but lighting makes it hard to see the attractions at times. And I thought that some of the attractions are really perverted - I am not a prude but really???? Stick to steampunk - not B n D! And outside...More

Thank SPeeps16
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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