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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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Futuristic, historical, sculpture and art plus recycling

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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

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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Steam Punk HQ has put Oamaru on the map for being a quirky, amusing and fascinating exploration of past, present and future. The fire breathing train will capture your attention and excitement.

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Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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137 reviews 137 reviews
85 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Well we have all seen places that take scrap metal and recycle it making robots, dragons and many more items, right? Well the person who came up with this idea has taken it one step further by incorporating item like dentists chairs and accessories, trains, buses, and many more items. The children and adults are allowed to try their hand... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

You have to pay a small fee for entry. It is quite interesting to see what they done with all the scrap metal joint & weld together become a "unique creature". You can see their creativity & imagination to create all the stuff. I know some will said that is all rubbish but if you love art work you will... More 

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Mosgiel, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Brilliant fun, what imagination to create such amazing machinery. Absolutely loved the quirkiness of it all

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

very ecliptic array of things. Interesting Mirror room, with sound & light display that is just amazing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We went expecting a lot from the exterior of the building, but not much to see or do. Disappointing in the so called "steampunk capital".

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