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Steampunk HQ

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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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Awesome playground

A perfect harborside stop: really cool "steampunk" playground with a flying fox, running wheel, merry-go-round, swings, a really steep slide, and much more. Plus there's a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Lisa E
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Waste of money. A lot of cobbled together poorly lit junk. Spend your $20 on a couple of excellent coffees and cakes around the corner at the Galley cafe on and let the kids have a run around in the excellent playground next door. You'll all be far more satisfied

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

WOW. This was so cool. Set in a beautiful historic building oozing character Steampunk HQ is whacky and out of this world where you are encouraged to explore, clamber over and spend as much time as you want. Think Mad Max meets Flash Gordon!, For the $10 entry fee (April 2015) I can highly recommend.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you like steampunk you can't miss this place. My husband and son loved it! The best bit for me was Portal - that was excellent. Well worth the family entry price just for that.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Right in the town centre, was not expecting this very quirky and worth seeing. Was a bit late at night so didn't get to see it go, so better to see in the day time.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A perfect harborside stop: really cool "steampunk" playground with a flying fox, running wheel, merry-go-round, swings, a really steep slide, and much more. Plus there's a nice cafe with a harbor view for tired parents.

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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable visit to the wacky, quirky Steampunk HQ. Loved the courtyard with things to clamber on and the Portal Room is a must - highly recommend that you do it twice.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Living locally I had never quite got what steam punk was all about, however the grandchildren asked to go and were we impressed! The boys aged 6, 7 and 9 had an absolute ball. They couldn't get enough of everything and really got involved. A great place to really experience everything, they could touch stuff, play the organ, toot horns,... More 

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London
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We visited the Steampunk HQ last week. The Victorian setting for the collection and the atmosphere in the building are both wonderfully appropriate, and we (parents with a 15-year-old son) really enjoyed wandering around the rooms of intriguingly crafted exhibits. There is a sense of creativity running through the whole place, and - with or without an interest in science... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

After seeing the galleries and playground, Steampunk HQ was a bit of a let down. It was much smaller, more limited, and more commercial than I'd hoped for. There are a couple of really cool creations to experience, and so I would not write it off if you have the time and the cash to spend, but not a highlight... More 

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Perth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

I hadn't heard of this before so I found it all very random. There are a few rooms to walk around including The Portal and one with a massive organ. All amazing, don't know where they put this stuff together from! Outside there are even more delights to walk around, possibly risking a tetanus shot! For $10 (the do family... More 

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