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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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Great to see on an actual working day

Bonus getting to see around the engineering works at any time, but to see it all working too a... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Pukerau, Southland
Hayes Engineering works

Well worth the 12 bucks for a look into life a couple of generations ago. As a user of some of the... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
John R
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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
+64 3-444 5801
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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
Reviewed 12 April 2017

A testament to the inventiveness and hard work of the early pioneering families. A well kept and interesting site, the old machinery was fascinating. A little disappointed to see a gully with old corrugated iron and wire and other scrap next to the driveway.More

Thank SuandChris
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Thank you for your comments. The area around the driveway is on private farmland and the best we can do is encourage a 'tidy up' for the entrance to the site. However thank you for raising this and we endeavour to make progress with the...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We called in while cycling the Otago rail trail. Great seating both indoor and outside. I had a scone and cream with a lovely cup of tea, just the job. All of our food choices were fab. We enjoyed browsing the little shop with a...More

Thank sally c
Reviewed 23 March 2017

There is lot to see here and we were lucky to have an enthusiastic and informative young woman in the cafe to introduce the engineering works to us. Everything is well interpreted and the self tour map is very artistic and flows well. The house...More

Thank ginadigger
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Greeted by interested volunteers. The displays of larger equipment could be a bit better organized. Good coffee and snack stop as well.

Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My husband adores man-sheds. He was absolutely blown away by this historic category 1 place (and he usually can't wait to get out of my dragging him to 'yet another historic bloody church/house/place'). Actually, I was amazed too, and we spent a couple of happy...More

Thank Sally K
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