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Great visit, food and coffee

I was lucky enough to visit during an open day on Labour weekend. An I formative guided tour of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David B
via mobile
A wonderful assest to the community and to New Zealand.

This is an wonderful place to visit. It is amazing to see how much Hayes' inventions contributed to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Catherine B
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...more
39 Hayes Road | (Just of the Ida Valley-Omakau Road), Oturehua 9387, New Zealand
+64 3-444 5801
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 April 2015

The story of Ernest and Hannah Hayes is the epitome of the number 8 wire mentality on which New Zealand was built on. It's a true rags to riches story, which saw Hannah cycling around the vast central Otago region selling a range of inventions...More

1  Thank Bex_Whyte
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 November 2014

This historical engineering works is just as if the staff and owner had walked out yesterday. It's really well-preserved and is a credit to the people who have kept it in great condition without letting the machinery waste away.

1  Thank Owen B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

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!

Thank JulieDL68
Reviewed 26 April 2018

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

Thank Grovel59
HayesMgr, Manager at Hayes Engineering Works, responded to this reviewResponded 27 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.

Reviewed 2 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

Thank HACKER69
Reviewed 1 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,

Thank NicoleP2011
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

Thank Merlouis
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

Thank SafeAs
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

Thank 405Sally
Reviewed 10 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.

Thank Janny_and_Bill
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