Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

Marvel at the workshop and homestead of inventor Ernest and his wife Hannah Hayes, 19th-century pioneers whose resourcefulness, skill, and determination define the spirit of "kiwi ingenuity". Hayes products are used throughout the world today.


$12.00 - $20.00


Marvel at a fully operational Victorian workshop where Ernest Hayes invented devices still used today, and imagine his wife Hannah, in full skirts, pedalling on dirt roads through Central Otago, selling them.

A genuine example of 'Kiwi ingenuity" in formerly isolated and tough conditions, Hayes has something for everyone. The inventive mind of Ernest Hayes is evident in his well-preserved 1890's workshop, and homestead

Hayes developed and marketed products to improve farming life, like wire strainers, cattle stops and pulley blocks. His mud brick family home was fitted with modern inventions like electricity (generated by a water driven pelton wheel), pipe radio and quirky laundry and bathroom facilities.

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Physical address

Hayes Engineering Works, Oturehua, Hayes Road off Ida Valley-Omakau Road, Central Otago, New Zealand, Oturehua, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $12.00 - $20.00
Other charges:
Self-guided tours, $12 adults, children (primary school age) free. Guided tours of works on open days $20 each. Group tours (12 or more) $20 each Pre booking essential

Opening times

Business hours:
10am - 5pm daily, November-April; 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday September, October and May; June-August closed, and closed Christmas Day
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

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