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Steampunk HQ

1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
0277786547
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Oamaru
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

The ticket price is almost worth it for the "infinity portal" - it appealed to the nerdy kid I never quite left behind.

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Petone, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Industrial and manufacturing type equipment turned into art. Anything from old black and white television sets in an interactive display to saw blades and pistons pumping and lights and mirrors. A lot to look at so take your time or you will miss something. Turning what some people would consider junk or scrap or even rubbish into artwork. Well done... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is as much "a must do" as the Penguins are in Oamaru. You could take ages looking at all the unusual "Art" and quirkiness that is in there but we went around in about 45 minutes as we had a 7yr who will spend 5 minutes looking at one thing and seconds the next. Upon arriving we were looking... More

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Christ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Had no idea what to expect. The outside gave a hint, with the old train etc, but amazing what you can turn old machinery into. Got good instructions at door. Good price $10 adult, $2 children. The infinity room was really cool. Worth a visit, and can get some great photos.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A bit strange and the Infinity Portal was too short to really enjoy. The exhibits were a bit odd and the price was a bit much. For enthusiasts really.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The infinity portal makes the place, it's very mesmerising! I think I would feel a bit cheated if I'd gone there and paid ten bucks entry and that hadn't been a part of it. I enjoy the whole idea behind steampunk but I think it would improve the experience if more explanation was given as to what it is and... More

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gold coast
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

WE weren't sure what we were going to discover. Not good if you have asthma as inside is cold, dusty, musty adds to the atmosphere. preferred to few sculptures outside. Light show was good. Only $2- for kids entry - no toilet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We went to Steampunk HQ as my 8 year old son is interested in Steam Punk and my 14 year old daughter likes Dr Who. The train out the front is a big enticement - especially the flames. The kids enjoyed making their own shadow movie with the basement film. I liked seeing old metal objects given a new life.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Great thing to see if you're in Oamaru (and into that kind of thing!) The whole museum is a pretty crazy collection of inventions and sculptures, there's a pretty spectacular video in the basement and the infinity room was amazing!

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went for a walk with $20 in my pocket and came across Steampunk HQ. My 16yr old daughter knew all about them and talked us into going in. (Family pass $20.. lucky) this place is like nothing I have ever seen before. Art work and sculptures made out of metal and pipes etc. It was eerie a bit creepy... More

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