Steampunk HQ in Oamaru

Steampunk HQ is a collision between a wreckers yard, a horror movie and fertile imaginations. I received a very enthusiastic introduction, what I would see was going to ‘blow my mind’, it sort of did, but I’m still wondering if it was in a good way. All the adjectives like unusual, bizarre and weird apply. The works are described as industrial steampunk, anything goes, it’s all about creative imagination. This is what happens when some people let their creative imagination run riot ………

Lonely Emperor and his children ... 'An immortal, roguish being who always struck out in love  (who or what would want it?) In despair it finally exiled itself from its race. However, unable to cope alone with the vast emptiness of space,  it constructed itself children, made from its distant memories of once visiting Earth. Bound to it forever, they must share its blood'.

Lonely Emperor and his children … ‘An immortal, roguish being who always struck out in love (who

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Oamaru Steampunk Festival

We’re intrigued by steampunk and the stars aligned for us to be in Oamaru for some of the events at the annual Steampunk Festival. We’re still not entirely sure what steampunk is but for now I’ll go with ‘how those from the Victorian era would have imagined the future’. It’s open to interpretation and that’s part of the intrigue, and the fun. One of the highlights of the festival for us was steampunk fashion. There were some exceptional outfits, and unlike ourselves who only had one outfit for the weekend, many people wore different ensembles to each event.

Steampunk fashion in Oamaru

Steampunk fashion

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Oamaru – where beer was once more popular than water

Prior to 1880 it was easier to get a beer in Oamaru than it was to get a decent glass of water. In the late 1800’s there were a few breweries, 17 hotels and 32 unlicensed grog shops to quench the local thirst.

The Criterion Hotel, Oamaru

The Criterion Hotel, Oamaru

These days Oamaru’s water supply gets good grades, and although Prohibition stopped the beer flowing for over 50 years, today you can get a beer in two hotels that served the locals in the 1880’s – The Criterion and Brydone Hotel* (formerly Queen’s Hotel).

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Annie’s Victorian Tea Rooms & Store, Oamaru

-Annie’s Victorian Tea Rooms & Store closed July 2013-

I would delete this post but it relates to – Trip Advisor’s dodgy photos – ‘Photos from around the world’

Leaf tea, pretty china cups and staff dressed in Victorian attire are part of the experience at Annie’s Victorian Tea Rooms, located at the entrance to Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct. As a fan of a good cup of Earl Grey tea and scones that’s what I selected from the menu ($10 for both). The tea came in a silver tea pot and the scones were sweetly presented. Good looking slices of cake, … Read the rest