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Steampunk HQ

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Address: 1 Itchen Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 778 6547
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Steampunk Lovers!!

You won't be dissapointed!! Steampunk creations, The Portal room is amazing, imagination and interactive creations. A lot of fun for young and old! An absolute must!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You won't be dissapointed!! Steampunk creations, The Portal room is amazing, imagination and interactive creations. A lot of fun for young and old! An absolute must!

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Thank RechelleFromWA
Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a must see for me , and I was not disappointed . Full of quirky props , lights and sounds every turn was a new adventure . No problems with hands on and playing with the exhibits exploring around inside the place is what its all about

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1 Thank Codiegirl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a fun and quirky way to spend an hour or two, exploring the steampunk headquarters. So much to entertain the whole family, scientist, adventure traveller, young at heart and historian.

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1 Thank Morag M
Ashburton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is advertised quite a bit around Oamaru. It really is a required taste as I thought it was just a waste of money. However others rave about it.It reminded me of films made in the future where there are deserted areas with train recks/remains. There has been quite some effort put into the displays, but as mentioned above -... More 

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Thank Philip C
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I try to imagine the faces of the people present at the council meeting where Oamaru Steampunk HQ was originally pitched. How those unfamiliar with steampunk - the sci fi genre that has been the fuel for movies, literature and cosplay around the world must have screwed up their faces trying to fathom the words as they came out. At... More 

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1 Thank Damion_McKinnon
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved this...had to wait till Sunday and thought we'd only be there a short while. Wrong. It sucks you in. Loved it all. Reminds you of scenes from Mad Max. The Portal was brilliant. The piped organ - you have to try. Definitely heaps to explore both inside and out.

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1 Thank Shane g
Sohar, Oman
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As science fiction and steampunk fans, we were looking forward to this gallery, but really found the storyline underdeveloped and the gallery much smaller than it looks from the outside. Kids would enjoy it (though it may be a bit scary for small children), but as adults it was a bit underwhelming and short for the price. It's not terribly... More 

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1 Thank egrieb2017
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Prices: $10 per adult (way to cheap if you ask me...), $2 for kids and family pass $20 Hours: Open 1am-5pm daily Quality of attraction.... 99.9 out of 100 (nothing can ever get 100!) My wife and I decided that the historic part of Oamaru was worth a visit and we were presented with a very cool looking (working) fire... More 

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Thank KiwiKirkNZ
Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Steampunk HQ in Oamaru was the quirkest place to visit during our stay. A must-do to steampunk & sci-fi fans. Fantastic creations from old machines and such. Definetly worth visiting!

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1 Thank karoliina_arola
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting to look around, need to go into the portal room. Great for a wet day. Good value for money

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