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 Octover 2016.

Thursday 1st June:

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

Friday 2nd June

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

Saturday 3rd June

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

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

7.30 pm
League of Victorian Imagineer Mess Dinner, Murder Mystery and Airship Racing.
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 racing takes over.

Sunday 4th June

10 .00am – 4.00pm
Steampunk Market
Loan & Merc Function Room, 12 Harbour St.
Music, tea duelling and plenty of treasures to oogle over.

Oamaru Farmers Market
Scotts Brewery Car Park.
Fresh local produce fresh from the point of production.

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

7.30 pm
Steampunk NZ Gala Ball
Oamaru Club, 32 Severn St.
Last chance to show off your most fabulous steampunk creations!  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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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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