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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...more
39 Hayes Road | (Just of the Ida Valley-Omakau Road), Oturehua 9387, New Zealand
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A great visit to this historic location showing Kiwi ingenuity. Very well maintained. Wish we were there for the working open day. Great shop with local art and craft and a lovely place to eat, very tasty venison pie.
I was lucky enough to visit during an open day on Labour weekend. An I formative guided tour of the works was provided. After that the works was started and some of the machinery was demonstrated. Following that I had a tasty frankfurter roll and...More
This is an wonderful place to visit. It is amazing to see how much Hayes' inventions contributed to New Zealand life. And, his wife must have been quite a woman to become a traveling salesperson in those days.There are numerous displays and information boards throughout...More
Well worth a stop if you're passing.
The museum highlights the can do Kiwi ingenuity and is a great insight into the tough lives people had in that era.
The coffee shop was great and the Cinamon Rolls are to die for!
Have been here a number of times over the last few years. Great historical farm engineering site with stories that the staff are keen to share with all visitors.
The food and coffee are well worth checking out. Both the Chicken and Leek and Mexican...More
Date of experience: April 2018
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018
Thankyou very much for calling into Hayes and enjoying the 'comfort food' and historical ambience. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
The Hayes were farming pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their inventions helped make farmers lives easier by removing a lot of the drudgery involved. The site is a Heritage New Zealand property and Heritage members get free entry. We roamed around...More
Decided to call in as my friend was an ex-farmer and knew about the famous wire strainer. Did not pay to enter the museum as we were a little pressed for time and not sure it would be worth it. Still glad we called in...More