The Steampunk Capital of New Zealand

Oamaru. Population 13,000. Last time I actually stopped here I was with my parents when I was a teenager. This time, some years later, I stopped here for lunch with my daughters. And, we were impressed with the recently restored historical Victorian precinct.

According to Wikipedia, steampunk s a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy  (

These photos are in front of the Steampunk HQ. Unfortunatately, we didn’t have time to go inside and have a look. Next time, I think we might stop the night to visit properly and to visit the World’s smallest penguins, the blue penguins at the colony just close to the harbour.


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