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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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Interesting piece of New Zealand rural history.

Ernest Hayes was quite a man. Even though he wasn't born in New Zealand, he was definitely a number... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Beltedcow
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Well worth a visit

Very interesting look into the past as to how things worked 100 years ago We were lucky enough to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Beverley D D
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Wellington, 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 4 days ago via mobile

Ernest Hayes was quite a man. Even though he wasn't born in New Zealand, he was definitely a number 8 wire man! If the New Zealand education system could produce innovators and problem solvers like this bloke , we'd be doing well. The cafe at...More

Thank Beltedcow
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting look into the past as to how things worked 100 years ago We were lucky enough to be there when the maintenance man was preparing for the Open Day and gave us a demonstration of how some of the machinery operated

Thank Beverley D D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fascinating insight into early pioneer NZ engineering with a fully functional workshop still powered by a Penton wheel. The cafe is worth a special mention for great food and coffee. A must-stop on the Rial Trail.

Thank Dave E
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, many thanks for your positive response to the Hayes site. These days the pelton wheel has given way to an electric motor, which we use to operate the works during special operating days. Regards and thanks Becky

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what an amazing place this is, we were lucky enough to be here on the day they had an open day. Thank you & I would highly recommend 😀

Thank Megan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch after a long uphill slog into a headwind on the Otago Central Rail Trail. It was most welcome to come across this. There is also a museum here, but we just visiting the cafe which is also a shop with lots...More

Thank AtaFitGirl
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Fascinating historic homestead and factory with a great story. Well worth a look whilst passing on the rail trail. Has a lovely gift shop and cafe too.

Thank sjclarke21
Reviewed 5 November 2017

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 7 November 2017

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

Reviewed 23 October 2017 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

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HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

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

Reviewed 22 October 2017

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 19 October 2017

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

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