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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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What a great fun place to visit. Loved every minute inside. The imaginative objects are a wonder to behold. Loved playing the organ, the "room" dazzling and eerie! Pity the time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Newcastle, Australia
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What a great fun place to visit. Loved every minute inside. The imaginative objects are a wonder to behold. Loved playing the organ, the "room" dazzling and eerie! Pity the time frame for the coins in the slot doesn't last longer.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I havnt lived in Oamaru for over 20 years but was told to go experience Steampunk HQ.. And I'm pleased I did.. The light show was crazy and trippy and well worth it.. A tad too dark in the downstairs area but I loved this touristy event.. Definitely recommend it..

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

After recapping on the definition of Steampunk online, we visited the HQ for the afternoon, unsure of what to expect. It's a feast for the senses and an inspiring collection of design! We went in The Portal 3 times, it's amazing. We now have a better idea of what Steampunk means, too!

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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I knew nothing about Steampunk but while we were walking our small dog past the Steampunk HQ a staff member said they welcome dogs to come through as well. Unusual for places in NZ, how exciting!! We didn't know what to expect but it was very well worth the $10 each for the experience. Our dog loved it (wasn't sure... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Oh this was more than just a little bit awesome! I really loved the Portal...amazing and that alone would have been worth the entry. We only had half an hour but could have easily spent an hour there....unfortunately had to rush!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Second visit to Steampunk HQ, and with fabulous new additions, and a reshuffle inside, this place has got even better! Just enjoy coming here so much - we all left with enormous smiles on our faces, and our heads spinning with the sensory overload. Loads of awesome photo opportunities too. It's just like a massive grown up's playground. Do not... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Some great contraptions and Steampunk art. The portal was a favourite. Staff excellent. Victorian architecture adds to the atmosphere.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Good place to look around, weird and wonderful ideas, though I was in Mad Max movie at times. The Portal room was awesome, great use of lights and mirrors and sound, plays tricks on your mind if you let it wonder. We were there for just over an hour.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Good fun to view this freaky artwork. Must see if you are passing through. The portal brought back memories of younger times.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Just excellent. Didn't know a thing about Steampunk, but the creativity of the owner and his staff, coupled by the Victorian surrounding was an immersion. It was truly great. The bear of the an owner is rightfully a proud artist and makes you feel absolutely welcome. Take the time to slowly take in everything as not a corner is left... More 

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