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Review of Steampunk HQ

Steampunk HQ
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Oamaru
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Visiting NZ is mostly about the great outdoors, but this was a welcome change. I can only speculate it was put together by someone with access to unlimited quantities of both industrial scrap and psychedelic drugs. It stands out all the more for being located in Oamaru, a little town otherwise remarkable only for its Victorian quarter.

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Worthwhile visit to this crazy and quirky place. A must to see if you go to Oamaru. Interesting for ladies too.

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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We did the few rocks on the beach thing (Moeraki Boulders)... then came here and were blown away! What an amazing use of left brain imaginings. The light show takes you to a whole new world. Must see! Highly recommended. Well done guys.

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We were two 30-year olds and a 72 year old, visiting just because we wanted to stop somewhere on the way to Dunedin and this looked too weird to miss. We showed up thinking we had about an hour until closing, but we forgot it was Sunday and they close a bit earlier. The guy let us in for a tenner, and told us we should do The Portal. We did, three times!
The whole museum is just weird good fun. I bet a kid would have a field day, there are so many buttons to press! Some of the machines do nothing, but some (like the organ!) do surprising and amazing things! We did go into The Portal, and it is lovely! It's really nothing fancy, but it's BEAUTIFUL. When it ends, you just want to press the start button again and again. Don't open the door to go in until you've made sure to read the instructions, because people will be upset if you interrupt their experience.
The outdoor section was fun, it's like a giant playground with all sorts of places to climb and go inside and explore. It is super weird, and little kids (under 7) might find some things a bit scary, but we found that it turned us all into young explorers again!
The staff came to tell us he had to close up, but then smiled and winked at us and told us to go ahead and do the Portal one more time. So we did!
What a genial place. Full of strange imagination.
*If you don't want to go inside (or even if you do), make sure to find the coin slot on the train engine out front. It's a rusty old coin box that doesn't look like it will actually do anything. There were a bunch of other tourists around when we put a $2 coin in, and we were all surprised at what happened next! Do it, it's fantastic!

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Visiting Oamaru for many years, we have seen a huge amount of hype for Steampunk HQ. We were disappointed when we finally visited it. There were a few interesting exhibits, but mostly a lot of old stuff with little explanation. I found a lot of the old machinery interesting, but that is just me. A highlight was the experience with lights and mirrors, but the rest was not memorable.

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