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Hayes Engineering Works

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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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Great Food Stop At One Of Central Otago's Key Historical Sites

Have been here a number of times over the last few years. Great historical farm engineering site... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Grovel59
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Invercargill, New Zealand
THE FARMERS FRIEND

The Hayes were farming pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their inventions helped... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
HACKER69
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AUCKLAND
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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 weeks ago

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

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

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.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

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

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Well worth a stop! The cafe food was delicious and the chocolate beetroot cake was to die for! Very interesting doing the tour around the property, such a great historical site,

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

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

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Well worth a detour from the rail trail. This former engineering works demonstrated kiwi ingenuity in its early days. Many novel inventions to make a harsh life a bit easier. A good cafe as well

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

The Hayes Engineering Works are on the Central Otago Rail Trail and may a great lunch or coffee stop. There is a small but very good cafe for refreshments. However, the highlight is the old engineering works and the story behind many of the tools...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Great food that was tasty, quite different to the usual cafe fare and relied heavily on local produce. The souvenir shop was well stocked with great Kiwi trinkets that highlighted the local area and were easy for cyclists to carry on their way.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Decided to walk from Oturehua (to rest our butts from the cycling) and on such a pretty day. We were nicely greeted and a short explanation we wandered around the buildings with a map and info in hand. The Engineering Works were very interesting and...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 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

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

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

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