Steampunk light show a big hit

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Steampunk HQ’s Infinity Portal, which has been open for about three weeks, is proving a huge hit.

The Infinity Portal is a 3x3m room covered in mirrors and full of more than 100 LED lights which change colour and pattern in sync with music.

There are more than one million lighting variations available.

The Infinity Portal has been popular since it opened, but after featuring on TV3 News, interest has increased to a new level.

Since Friday and World Tourism Day on Saturday, where the prices were reduced to half-price to get people along to the new attraction, things have taken off.

Steampunk HQ spokeswoman Jan Kennedy said the amount of interest had been amazing.

“It’s been really awesome the amount of interest we’ve had around the new attraction. People just absolutely love it.”

Mrs Kennedy said visitors had had nothing but good things to say.

“They are just totally blown away by the room and can’t believe how amazing it is. It’s an awesome thing to have here in Oamaru.”

Steampunk’s newest attraction was a rarity around New Zealand, as there was nothing else like it in the country, Mrs Kennedy said.

“What we have here is something that no other places in New Zealand offer and we feel that’s a huge bonus.”

The exposure it has received recently has resulted in people from outside the town coming to visit Steampunk HQ.

“We’ve had a couple through from Whangarei who were amazed and we have had a holiday programme group from Timaru down to experience Steampunk because they saw the new attraction on TV.”

Mrs Kennedy is looking forward to the summer months.

“I think summer will be really good. If the weather stays fine and people want to get out and about, I’m sure they’ll come visit.”

Nine-year-old Hayley Sim said she loved the Infinity Portal

“It was awesome. It felt like we were moving up and down in there, It’s so cool.”

Seven-year-old Madison Whyte said it was awesome.

“It’s so cool. I can’t believe how awesome that was.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

AMAZED: Back from left: Hayley Sim, 9, Brooke Sim, 11, front from left,  Madison Whyte and Jamie Sim, both 7, were greatly impressed by the Infinity Portal when they visited it yesterday.