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The Premier Steampunk event of the Southern Hemisphere is based in the Steampunk capital, Oamaru, New Zealand. 
A 4 day event:


Steampunk NZ Festival Souq









music: Local talent

 with Merchant LucretiaSteampunk Music madness Rick Loos and his daughter Ra McRostie and Reed St PosseRa McRostie, the Reed St Posse

 The Ice Suite with co.sonance Australian multimedia quartet.


Steampunk League of Victorian Imagineers Mess Dinner 

racing of Splendid Teapots with Simone Montgomery register your Splendid Teapot now! Places will be limited.

Splendid Steampunk Teapot Racing 


airship racing register for this now too.

Airship demonstration 

and magic carpets,  - and much more madness;

then short story and steampunk literary readings,

Writing workshops

The Sunken: a dark steampunk fantasy (Engine Ward Book 1) with Steff Green  or

How to write a press release with Nathalie Brown,

highly respected for her magazine work and biographies 



The highlight is the Fashion Show

 Steampunk NZ Fashion Show

and to top it all a Gala Ball.

Steampunk NZ Gala Ball

Steampunk NZ Festival MC Montague Jacques Fromage Special guest for 2015 is International Steampunk Personality Montague Jacques Fromage from Manchester Township, New Jersey, USA. Montague will be headlining the Oamaru on Fire After-party music extravaganza on Friday 29th May, involved in as much as he possibly can be on Saturday 30th and then MC at the Steampunk NZ Fashion Show on Sunday 31 May. 
The finest dressed, the most fantastic sci-fi accessories and the most friendly, welcoming people, all having fun in the most natural Steampunk backdrop of Oamaru's Victorian architecture. There is the festival events and then there is the rest of the Waitaki District to enjoy.

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 Steampunk Festival Run Sheet as of 26nd April 2015, subject to change, 






7.30 – 9.30

Parlour Magic, quiz night and pizza

Early Settlers Hall


6.30 – 9.00

Oamaru on Fire/ Fire & Steam

Harbour St

Not my event but loved by all

9.00pm - midnight

After party, music with The Merchants of the Time Traveling Tea Trade, Oamaru's Steampunk band, cabaret International steampunk cabaret artist Montague Jacques Fromage and more music into the night – watch this space for updates

The Loan and Merc,

Harbour St


10.00 – 4

11 am & 


Souq: North Afican Market

Tea Duelling, music performances

Contact to book a stall 

Oamaru Club,

Severn St

10.00 onwards all day.

Tape Art NZ will be creating silhouettes on large blank spaces in Harbour St and on the South wall of Mitre 10

Victorian Precinct

Mitre 10, Cross St



2.00 – 3.30

Writing Workshops

I) writing for the press with Nathalie Brown, staunch Victorian, highly respected writer for magazines and ghost writer for Fleur and Dot Smith, and the biography of Canterbury artist Austen Deans. Make the most of those publicity opportunities.

II) Creating a Steampunk world with Steff Green, New Zealand author of The Sunken: a dark steampunk fantasy (Engine Ward Book 1)

Early Settlers Hall

Next to the Plunkett Rooms on Severn St. Oamaru 

3.30 – 5.00

Literary Readings, pieces by Steampunk authors, original or otherwise, including a processional reading of the The Hunting of the Snark-

Early Settlers Hall Next to the Plunkett Rooms on Severn St. Oamaru  and depending upon climatic conditions the Snark may be hunted in the Oamaru Gardens


LVI Steampunk Racing Mess Dinner

Speeches, toasts, challenges and feasting., A sumptuous roast meal with desert and coffee

The Loan and Merc

Harbour St 

8.00 pm

Airship racing, Splendid Teapot Racing and magic carpet racing with International Steampunk Icon Montague Jacques Fromage as compare.

The Loan and Merc

Harbour St 

10 – 2.00

Steampunk Market to augment and support the Sunday Farmers Market

The Loan and Merc

Harbour St 


11.00 – 12.30

Steampunk panel with highly respected steampunk figures,

Settlers Hall Next to the Plunkett Rooms on Severn St. Oamaru 

10.00 – 4.00

Steam train, HQ, Gadgetorium in the woolstore, penguin tours, North Otago Arts Society workshops and another market in the Scottish Hall on Tyne St.

Historic Precinct

Not my events but part of the attraction

10.00 am onwards

Removal of tape art

Historic Precinct and Mitre 10

8.30 – 12.00

Rehearsals for fashion show

Oamaru club

Severn St 

1.00 – 2.00 pm

Dress rehearsal and judging of the Steampunk NZ Fashion Show

Oamaru Club

Severn St  

3.00 – 4.30pm

Fashion Show and prize presentations,

Oamaru Club

Severn St  

7.30pm – 12.00

2015 Steampunk NZ Gala Ball, Final display of incredible splendidness, ball room dancing, oldtime dancing, and the wonderful Jazz,funk motown band, Eskimotown to get you up there giving your all.

Oamaru Club

Severn St  

Tickets are all from

There is a strong chance we shall have an Australian multimedia quartet called Co.sonance performing The Ice Suite.It is a 54 minute interpretation of Scott's preparation for and tragic trip to Antarctica with narration, live improvised music and incredibly atmospheric visuals. This will probably be performed at the Opera House, with a couple of performances over the weekend. It is a very sophistocated and elegant performance which will add another dimension to the weekend.

Jen, at Limelight cinema is also supporting the weekend showing Steampunk related movies.

The North Otago Arts Society is going to hold workshops over the weekend as well. There may well be more so watch this space.

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

And the winners were:

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 Glass Room The Roost Cafe


Steampunk NZ Festival 2014

A great weekend away

May 29th – June 2nd Oamaru, New Zealand

The Steampunk NZ Festival 2014 is New Zealands largest and longest running steampunk event. 4 days with 18 events and the start of a fringe festival along side it this year.


New Zealand's own Te Radar as MC for the Fashion Show and Gala Ball on Sunday 1st June.

Silouette, runners up in NZ got Talent 2013 on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May,

Anna Cydonia of Red Mars Dance Project on Friday 30th

Pirates ahoy! Captain Festus McBoyle and his wily crew will be around and about for the weekend.

Jed Maybury, Kiwi children's author and Steampunk writer, to take the writers workshop and later do the New Zealand launch his Steampunk trilogy.


This is a festival for everyone, steampunker or not. It is a family orientated event that celebrates imagination, creativity, fun and above all participation.

For those who are not steampunkers, you are welcome to come and enjoy any event.

If you are not yet dressed for the occation, walk in one end of the Souk market in street clothes, rummage through some stalls for your clothing, search other stalls for your timeless accessories or make your hat, your raygun or your goggles.

Tea duelling is an art the all can enjoy! Team up with a couple of others and challenge all comers to see who is the champion at dunking and eating a whole biscuit last. Enormous fun.

The events are:

Thursday 29th May

Absynth Night

Friday 30th May

Oamaru on Fire,

Brydone Oamaru Fringe Festival Late Night

Saturday 31st May

Souk Market

Cup cake decorating

Dance classes

Writers Workshop

Steampunk Short Stories – with connections to other parts of the planet – technology allowing

Brydone Oamaru Fringe Festival Family Variety Show

Steampunk Racing Mess Dinner

Steampunk Racing and Music Madness

Sunday 1st June

Steam train rides round the Oamaru Harbour.

Steampunk Round the World

Steampunk NZ Fashion Show

Steampunk NZ Gala Dinner

29th May – 2nd June

Throughout the weekend there will be the opportunity to visit Steampunk HQ, The Timetravelers Museum and learn to ride a penny farthing and explore the many other galleries and attractions that Oamaru offers, and then see the penguins.

For the best deals on accommodation contact providers directly and find them on

Are you ready?

Register now to participate in the 2014 Steampunk NZ Festival.

Check the Events Tab above and make your choice. (IF you are in the Fashion Show you will be tied up during the day on Sun 1st)

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