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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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Clever creations

Not quite what we expected, we expected more creations, and a greater variety. We particularly liked the outdoor creations, very creative people. There are a few creations... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Not quite what we expected, we expected more creations, and a greater variety. We particularly liked the outdoor creations, very creative people. There are a few creations located in/around Oamaru which are equally as good, and inspirational to the budding welder!

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I felt this place was quite cheap at $10pp. Inside was funky and interesting and the infinity room was amazing! Our toddler really liked exploring and punching lots of buttons etc.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

An expensive experience, went in with family from overseas, felt embarrassed with what you got for the money. no intention of going back.

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Victoria, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I took a bunch of pictures and it certainly is worth seeing but I thought it was a little expensive. If you're into Steampunk you should definitely go but if it's just a curiosity I would settle for just staying outside and admiring some of their art on the street.

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Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Way too many silly exhibits with no real connection to the steampunk esthetic, like a boat which when you push the button all you get is a very simple pump, no steam and no punk, come on guys give us Victorian technology expanded.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

You just won't believe you're in quaint little Oamaru once you see this place. The amount of work and creativity that has gone into the HQ is mind boggling. There is a particular attraction in the HQ called The Infinity Room which is perhaps the best illusions I've seen. It was giving me vertigo without anything moving an inch. Definitely... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Have wanted to visit for ages and wasn't disappointed - great place to spend an hour or two. Close to town and neat market stalls. Some great items on display - although a little of the dark side themed - not just steam punk. The new infinity portal was amazing and something you can do again and again...

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

When in Oamaru make sure you make time to visit Steampunk HQ. You will see things that you won't see anywhere else. The amount of time put into making the exhibits must be applauded as well as the attention to detail. You are encouraged to touch and take photos of the exhibits which is a rarity and you won't be... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Front of house staff very friendly loved all the weird stuff especially the outside exhibits. It was great that you could take photos and interact with all the exhibits which both big and little kids would enjoy! The infinity portal was awesome! Definately recommend a visit.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is unlike anything I have seen. Reminds me of the mad max movie.Very well done. Everywhere you look is something new. Loved the light show. would recommend going here if you get the chance. Worth the $10.00 adult entry fee.

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