Steampunk Headquarters, Oamaru.

Events at SPHQ


Chris Meder was at the forefront of the sculpture scene in NZ. His iconic sculptures; 'Bosca' the Gorilla and 'Chopper Holland' the giant iconic motorbike (on permanent display in the HQ yard) were highlights of the first Steampunk Art Exhibition at Oamaru's Forrester Gallery in 2009. He also made Time Machine for that same exhibition. His works created worldwide interest and heralded the start of the Steampunk movement in Oamaru.

Sadly Chris died in 2010 and much of his work was then withdrawn from public viewing. We are incredibly lucky to have on loan a series of his best works from several sources; including a private Auckland collector, Chris' family and local collectors.

Exhibition extended throughout summer 2015-2016. Visitors to HQ this summer will have the opportunity to marvel at the wonderful exhibition of recycled relics, sculptures created by Chris. The Exhibition that was scheduled to end in August will continue throughout the summer. Read more here.


Steampunk HQ Store


Steampunk HQ woollen Beanie.


Woollen Beanie with embroidered Steampunk HQ logo. Ideal for cold southern winters. Visit our online store to purchase this, and more.


Mens womens and chidrens t-shirts. A range of sizes. Black, with white Steampunk HQ logo. Visit our online store to purchase.

More about Steampunk HQ

Steampunk is a quirky and fun genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology. It is often set in an alternate, futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England.

The Steampunk future is driven by unusual steam powered devices – the ‘world gone mad’ as Victorian people may have imagined it. Examples are machines like those in the writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, and in tv shows such as Dr. Who.

Oamaru is an ideal setting for Steampunk art and activities, given the wonderfully preserved and thriving Victorian buildings.

The building was originally called Meeks Grain Elevator and was built in 1883 from designs by Architects Forrester and Lemon for the grain traders and millers J. & T. Meek. Oamaru was at that time a flourishing sea port, and bigger than Los Angeles.

The five storey building was the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere at the time. In 1920 the top two storeys were destroyed in a spectacular fire.

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Steampunk HQ Museum

Steampunk HQ opened in November 2011. It is an art collaboration proudly based in Oamaru, New Zealand. It portrays 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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