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Oamaru - Steampunk HQ

Steampunk HQ - It is crazy, quirky and unique; unlike any other visitor attraction in this universe!


Steampunk HQ NZ’s premier Steampunk experience is a museum and workshop situated in the historic Victorian precinct of Oamaru. It is crazy, quirky and unique; unlike any other visitor attraction in this universe!

Outside of the imposing free-standing Oamaru stone building, "steampunk" engine SP001 greets visitors by belching flames, smoke and eyrie sounds; whilst inside, a museum of two large darkened rooms and a basement presents a theme of a dark post-apocalyptic vision of a future "as it might have been".

Contraptions and bizarre machinery featuring heavy use of copper, gears, pipes, gas cylinders, as well as an ensemble of skeletal sculptures are lit by flickering lights and accompanied by film, projection and sounds. A back door leads to a large yard with projects and machines in various stages of being "steampunked" including a train carriage, “aethertractor” and giant motorbike. The building's exterior walls are decorated with creations such as giant flies and a fisherman made from metal and industrial parts.

The Infinity Portal is the latest creation; a gateway to other dimensions, both real and imagined. All the walls are completely reflective and a grid of hundreds of multi coloured LED lights are suspended from the ceiling, playing light sequences that move and ripple through the space.

bookme NOTE: This is one of the most interesting and unusual attractions in NZ - no question about it.

Prices: Adult$10 Child $2

Available Bookings from December 11 to December 17

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8spaces priced from:

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  • Adult$10.00
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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$10.00
  • Child$2.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$6.90
  • Child$2.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$4.90
  • Child$2.00

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Damien Miller from Australia wrote on 29 June 2019

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Steampunk HQ - creepy but very cool!

Great for the kids - our boys were 11 and 9, had a ball. Interactive and interesting - def worry a visit.

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Annette Sperring from United Kingdom wrote on 21 March 2019

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Brilliantly weird! !

Well worth visiting as it's probably the weirdest, most fascinating and imaginative place you'll see. The Portal (to another world) is an amazing experience (you'll have to go in to discover exactly what it is!).

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Lea Belz from Germany wrote on 05 December 2018

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A different kind of crazy

There was all sorts of different stuff to see. Make sure to check out every little detail. Best items were the portal and the piano. Great stuff. Make sure to check it out.

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Andy from New Zealand wrote on 21 January 2018

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most enjoyable

The Portal was fantastic, but remember to go out the back. Most exhibits you can climb on to play with or just take photos

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Marie from Australia wrote on 30 December 2017

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FANTASTIC. Not to be missed.

Arrived to see the blue penguin colony, left remembering this unique and brilliant ‘museum’ (of sorts). Definitely worth going to visit. Loved the light show... loved her Steampunk art. Receptionist was lovely too. Town is beautiful. Worth the drive up from Dunedin.

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