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Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0277786547
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Steampunk hq, which opened in november 2011, is an art collaboration...
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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Amazing place!

We took our three boys here and we all had a blast. Awesome place! The industrial sculptures and exhibits were really good! Lots of interactive exhibits too! The Portal was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Laurie K
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I thought the entry fee was a lot to see an old building full of scrap-art, but the time portal was good. I guess there's a lot of work gone into SteamPunk HQ, so I should be more appreciative !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We took our three boys here and we all had a blast. Awesome place! The industrial sculptures and exhibits were really good! Lots of interactive exhibits too! The Portal was just incredible- use of lights and mirror very clever, played tricks on your mind!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

we visited this place while in town. It was an interesting experience full of interesting art. not my sort of art. but it was nice to visit. i spent around 1 hour there.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Awesome! A creative take on scrap metal, and a great collaboration of some very quirky and unique pieces of art. A family pass for $20 was well worth the money, as we were entertained for a good hour. Definitely check out the portal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

At $20 for a family (had our great-niece with us), this is great value and a fascinating place to visit. The Portal was one of the best parts, but all the installations were fun to explore. Make sure you dress warm if it's a cold day.

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Croydon, Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This was great fun. An interactive art gallery where you are able to climb on and touch the exhibits. It is unique and well done.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What a great place which ties into the theme of this surprising steampunk town. We spent nearly two hours here, because we couldn't drag the teen kids out. Couldn't drag ourselves out either , it was fascinating. The kids are allowed to touch and explore and I loved the other 'otherworldly' feel of the place. I have followed steampunk trend... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Was a bizarre collection and imaginative use of old machinery and memorabilia. The Portal is a must to try.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

is a great cool place to visit has heaps of cool interesting thing that they have made and the infinity light room is amazing it is so well done

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If the idea of weird and wacky retro-futuristic sculpture and interactive art in a funky old building sounds intriguing, then Steampunk HQ is definitely worth a visit. Appreciation, or even awareness, of the Steampunk literary genre is definitely not a requirement to enjoy this place. "The Portal" is one of the most mind-bending art installations I've ever experienced...my kids enjoyed... More 

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Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0277786547
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru

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