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Steampunk HQ

Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0277786547
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Ranked #3 of 14 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...
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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 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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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
31 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Being a great fan of the movement I was thoroughly looking forward to this but on the whole disappointed as only a few items really caught the Victorian Steampunk ethos; many were ‘modern’ interpretations. Maybe I just didn’t get it? Certainly it was weird and wonderful…..

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Wellington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Two teenage daughters that are into Steampunk... and I'm a Punk from way back so a no brainer to visit. We had fun, took a lot of photos and enjoyed ourselves all around. On one hand I feel like there is more they could do to commercialize it but on the other I liked the ruff and ready, take it... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

An amazing collection, & combination, of the great machines of yesteryear. The big & bulky, burly & petite of the most wonderful shapes. A bit rough on the outside but fantastic on the inside (just like the owner) Can't be missed!

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Seeing is experiencing, this place is mad, manic, and a joy to visit. A combination of Victorian culture and sci fi with a dash of industrial wasteland. This was highlight for our trip and one of the best value attractions around. Words alone are not enough, see it soon!

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Sydney, Australia
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39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Came across a place with alot of odd sculptures. I like what he's done and made it very atmospheric. Infinity room nice.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Well worth a visit to challenge yourself ! lots of metal junk made into mind bending artwork that will either freak you out or challenge you. Was a bit cold in parts due to all the windows being blacked out but well worth a visit. The Infinity room was well worth the $2 to get in as it was truly... More 

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Dubendorf, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

In the Steampunk HQ you will find a lot of quirky and crazy machines. It's very big, however entry is only 10 NZD for an adult. There is also a garden with more vehicles like a huge motorcycle and an awesome steampunk train wagon which are great for photographs. Definitely also spend the two dollars for the locomotive at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Steampunk HQ was a fantastic experience! I would recommend this to anyone and it is worth every penny spent! I was fascinated by the 'Future Room' which provided a wonderful experience! This place is definitely unique! Love it and recommend it!!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Do the Infinity room - amazing art experience! Creations are fantastic and the explanations as creative as the installations. Maybe not for little ones but big kids will love it!

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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Some parts were really quite cool. The guy on the desk talked it up so much, I was expecting something a bit more exciting. The infinity room was pretty neat, but no, I was not "transported to another world" as promised! lol. The film showing upstairs was unwatchable (we literally could hardly make out anything but some vague lights) and... More 

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