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Hayes Engineering Works

39 Hayes Road | (Just of the Ida Valley-Omakau Road), Oturehua 9387, New Zealand
+64 3-444 5801
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Truly Fascinating.

We were warmly received and some of the Hayes history was explained to us. What an amazing and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Patrick F
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Picton, New Zealand
A must call in for coffee and scones!

We called in here mid way to Ranfurly on the rail trail for a coffee break. We were not... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tightlines71
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead is a Heritage New Zealand managed property and consists of several listed heritage buildings including a cottage (now the cafe / shop) where Hannah and Ernest Hayes raised their nine children. The site features the amazing 1900s belt-driven works where Ernest Hayes developed and manufactured a wide range of farming tools (including the famous Hayes wire strainer and Hayes windmills) and established a brand that lives on today. The "Big House" built in 1920 is a remarkable sun-dried brick homestead complete with "ahead of their time" innovations including generated electricity, shower and "piped radio" throughout! See the belt-driven 1880's engineering works and impressive sun-dried brick homestead (circa 1920) all presented as if the family left yesterday. Hannah's Kitchen/café serves a range of fresh nutritious food, cooked on site using herbs and veges from the site garden. Try a special blend Hayes Roast coffee with one of our legendary cakes. Cool drinks and free chilled water are available. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in our lovely grounds, marvel at 'kiwi ingenuity' and browse the heritage themed gift shop. Hours 10.00am - 5.00pm daily (except Christmas Day) from September to the end of May. OPERATING DAYS in 2016 (with the Works running and machinery being demonstrated) are on the first Sunday of the month January 3, February 7, March 6 and April 3. For details please refer to our website or give us a call.
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39 Hayes Road | (Just of the Ida Valley-Omakau Road), Oturehua 9387, New Zealand
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+64 3-444 5801
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were warmly received and some of the Hayes history was explained to us. What an amazing and inspirational piece of history. The workshop looks as if it could re-open at short notice! The exhibits were all well presented, and we have to confess we...More

Thank Patrick F
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for calling in and giving us such positive feedback. Regards Becky

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called in here mid way to Ranfurly on the rail trail for a coffee break. We were not disappointed! The cafe is set in an idyllic setting with plenty of bike racks. The cafe is small, quaint and serves an excellent range of food...More

Thank Tightlines71
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for calling in and great to hear such positive feedback. Regards Becky

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although out of use for decades Haines is truly a must see especially for tool lovers. Haines played a vital role in the early days of New Zealand and from my perspective is a national treasure. There is a NZ$12 admission fee but it is...More

Thank CrewCommander
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Staff kindly let us into the grounds early, as we had stayed at the nearby Mill but couldn't wait till the official opening time. We found the history of the place fascinating and are filled with admiration for Hannah Hayes - raising 9 children in...More

Thank Kirsten S
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for calling in.. yes it is an inspirational place. Regards Becky

Reviewed 14 October 2017

We visited the Hayes Engineering Work whilst riding the Central Otago Rail Trail. What an interesting place it is, lots of fabulous history to look at. The afternoon tea we had was delicious, best scones I had had in years.

Thank 25lord
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bonus getting to see around the engineering works at any time, but to see it all working too a fantastic opportunity. Interesting for all ages and genders.

Thank PukHawk
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Well worth the 12 bucks for a look into life a couple of generations ago. As a user of some of the Hayes inventions as a farmer, it was fascinating to see the history behind it all

Thank John R
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Our group of 9 stopped here while on the Rail Trail. Very informative guide who showed us around. Beautiful old homestead and fascinating workshops. Food was great. Friendly staff

Thank traceyz22
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Visited on a coolish day and outside seating was ok but a little on the cool side for those rising the trail. Cheese rolls were tasty and lemon cake was an enormous slice! Did not visit the museum part ...look interesting though.

Thank kiwiaus2017
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Our group all enjoyed this place of interest. THe men with the workshop tools to us ladies enjoying the old homestead with it fully furnished. After wandering thru we had coffee and cakes from the cafe which we were all silent as we consumed beautiful...More

Thank Jules J
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