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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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Outstanding fun...especially "The Portal"

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It would take too long to go into any great detail of the Oamaru Steampunk HQ experience. Any detailed revue would be soon rendered as obsolete as the many displays are continuously morphing and changing works of contemporary and somewhat obscure art. Even before entering the building your senses are bombarded with the remarkable sight of a train engine which... More 

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Otago Region, New Zealand
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65 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great to be pushed to consider what could be or could have been. The train mounted outside will whet your interest for what you will find amongst the smoke and industrial noises. Simply brilliant, go again, tell your friends.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Loved the big steam train that fired up with a $2 coin out the front of the building. Great photo setting. The inside of the Steampunk HQ was a strange collection of amazing weird things. The mirror room was amazing!

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Steampunk HQ is a collection of historic pieces taken from different places. These pieces include trains, machines and scrap metal. They are very picture worthy and our family had a great time touring the exhibits. The place is not huge but each and every corner offers something for you to explore and tinkle with. Do give it a try and... More 

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Love, loove,loooooved this place, so many clever and interesting art pieces....yes a wee bit dark in some parts but there are sooo many facets to Steam-punk, so always fun to let the mind go wild and be creative, the outside Mad Max part was fabulous, always fun to be a big kid and be able to climb on things. Wish... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Brilliantly wacky. Unsettling in places but fun and some really clever sculpture. A dark theme I guess depending on your own vision of how the future is going to play out but a really clever use of some lovely old pieces of what might otherwise be junked and lost. Interactive. Steampunk HQ stands at the beginning of a precinct of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Was taken along to this with some friends and was really surprised. I had no idea what it was about but it was a fascinating experienxe, especially the light room.

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Miri, Malaysia
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It was indeed the weirdest 'museum' I have ever visited. Not quite understand the theme of it however it was FUN. A lot of 'wow that's cool' moments, never thought that garbage scrap metal (at least it is to me) could be so creative. There is one particular room with lots of lighting, romantic for couples! Interesting elements in and... More 

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Oamaru
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A lot of old junk and machinery but in amongst it was an art film, a real organ to play and an amazing sound and light portal. Will be good to watch Steampunk HQ develop into more interactive machines and less in your face instructions a the desk

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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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