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25-Mar-18

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Hayes Engineering

star rating of 4.5

by Chris Gaelic

39 Hayes Rd, Oturehua, Otago

www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/otago-region/hayes-engineering

Phone: 03 444 5801

rvexplorer id: 20173

Entrance to the shop and cafe

Entrance to the shop and cafe

Sign at the entrance

Sign at the entrance

Water turbine building, used to drive the machinery

Water turbine building, used to drive the machinery

Cream churn for separating milk from cream

Cream churn for separating milk from cream

Old style telephone in the homestead

Old style telephone in the homestead

Engineers version of a toilet and handbasin

Engineers version of a toilet and handbasin

Homestead kitchen and dining room

Homestead kitchen and dining room

Early tractor now at rest

Early tractor now at rest

Windmills used for pumping water

Windmills used for pumping water

Toilets available for use overnight

Toilets available for use overnight

 

Hayes Engineering & Homestead is a historic location where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight for the cost of an entry fee to the homestead.

 

The site is run by the NZ Historic Places Trust. Hayes Engineering Works was set up in by Ernest and Hannah Hayes in around 1895. Ernest invented farming equipment that Hannah then travelled the Maniototo and MacKenzie country on her bicycle to persuade local farmers to buy her husband's labour-saving inventions.

 

Some of those inventions, like his fencing strainer, are still being used around the world today.

 

Overnight fee includes entry to this NZ Heritage site; see the machinery operating in the workshop; a truly memorable experience and go on a tour of the house & garden.

 

There's a café & shop, including toilets which you can use if staying overnight.

 

Please check in at the shop on arrival.

 

Please note that this is not suitable during winter when the grass parking area is too soft.

 

Also, NO dogs allowed in Oct during lambing season.

 

We really enjoyed our overnght stay here. It was well worth exploring the engineering workshop and homestead. Check the Historic Places website for more information.

 

Entrance to the motorhome parking area

Entrance to the motorhome parking area

 

Ernest and Hannah Hayes

Ernest and Hannah Hayes

 

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