Steampunk NZ Festival 2017 

The Premier Steampunk event of the Southern Hemisphere is based in the Steampunk capital, Oamaru, New Zealand.

Steampunk NZ Festival 2017.

Download the full-size poster here (783kb)

2017 Steampunk NZ Festival Programme Outline - subject to change!

 Tickets available from 1st October 2016.  Get your tickets from eventfinda here (opens in a new window).

Thursday 1st June:

7.30 pm
Pizza, sushi and quiz night.  
Venue: Early Settlers Hall
A social evening for the early birds to catch up and chat before the Festival gets a full head of steam.

Friday 2nd June

Oamaru Fire and Steam
Venue: TBA
A family street event, with food, masquerade, music and entertainment.

Friday Night After Party, Vaudeville Steampunk Style.
Venue: Loan and Merc, Harbour St
Vaudeville Steampunk style: An evening of steampunk style variety, pretty adult-orientated, with a well known NZ entertainer as MC.

A workshop programme will be announced in due course. 

Saturday 3rd June

10.00am – 4.00pm
Steampunk Market
Venue: Loan & Merc Function Room, 12 Harbour St.
Children's activities, tea duelling and plenty of treasures to oogle over.

2.00 – 4.00pm
Spendid Teapot Racing
Venue: Oamaru Club Inc, 32 Severn St.
A chance to take on all comers with your rolling teapot: slalom, obstacles and drag racing, best dressed and for those more crafty members of the community, best tea cosy.

7.30 pm
League of Victorian Imagineers Mess Dinner, Murder Mystery and Airship Racing.
Venue: Loan & Merc Function Room, 12 Harbour St. 
An evening of utter hilarity, with intrigue and accusation as the murderer is revealed; then gauntlet throwing and furious challenges as the airship racing takes over.

Sunday 4th June

10.00am – 4.00pm
Steampunk Market
Venue: Loan & Merc Function Room, 12 Harbour St.
Music, tea duelling and plenty of treasures to oogle over.

10.00am - 1.00pm
Oamaru Farmers Market
Venue: Scotts Brewery Car Park.
Fresh local produce fresh from the point of production.

3.00 pm
Steampunk NZ Moments In Time: a series of tiny theatre pieces
Venue: Oamaru Opera House 
These 90 second episodes depict a character in its own steampunk world, complete with costume and props. The best moments win.

7.30 pm
Steampunk NZ Gala Ball
Venue: Oamaru Club, 32 Severn St.
Be greeted with bubbles, chat and dance, feast on a sumptuous supper, and chat and dance, dance,dance. Featuring a ballroom dance demo and lesson with world class dance tutors, have your chance to take the floor and then 'Swing' the rest of the night away.

Workshop Programme to be developed.

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New Zealand Steampunk Writings

Want more Steampunk? Neeeed more Steampunk?  Read offerings from the League of Imagineers' writing circle in The Replicant - The Latest Contributions from Steampunk Writers Around New Zealand, October 2016.

Thank you To Sponsors for the 2016 festival:

Housekeepers Design - Loan & Merc

Creative NZ

 Creative New Zealand.

Hill's Hats

Clockwork Steampunk Emporium
 Hill's Hats. Clockwork Steampunk Emporium.

Maher Shoes

Ambassador Motor Lodge

Maher Shoes.Ambassador Motor Lodge Oamaru.

Grymmstone & Treacle

Oamaru Print & Copy

Grymmstone & Treacle. Oamaru Print and Copy.


Steampunk in New Zealand

Agent Darling's beer mug.The Steampunk movement in New Zealand started with a beer mug. Agent Darling created an exhibition piece for a party in 2008. It was received so well, and stimulated the imaginations of so many that he wanted to hold an exhibition of Oamaru's creative minds. Thus the first League of Victorian Imagineers Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be exhibition, was held at the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru in 2009. It was part of the Victorian Heritage week.

There were a great deal of guns and inventions that appealed to the 'boys'. What could be done to involve the 'girls'?  Sally Hope suggested a fashion show and gala ball. The first one was in June 2010. From that the Steampunk NZ Festival evolved as participants and spectators requested more steampunk events over the weekend. The annual Steampunk NZ Festival is the largest, longest running steampunk event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Please support these wonderful businesses whenever you come to Oamaru

The Bridge Cafe 

Housekeepers Design 

Lavish Soap

Mainstreet Music Ltd 

Short Black Cafe, Thames St. 

Star and Garter, Itchen St,

Steam Cafe, Thames St,

The Roost Cafe 


Steampunk NZ Festival MC Montague Jacques Fromage

The 2014 Steampunk Festival was a very special event. Scroll down the fb page to get a good look at what happened

Are you aware that there are many New Zealand Steampunk groups?

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