Aerial view of the buildings the make up the Hayes Engineering workshop complex

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you’re visiting us, you will need to present your Vaccine Pass to staff and follow our Covid-19 requirements. Please stay home if you’re sick. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

September – May

9.00am - 4.00pm

Closed June - August; Anzac Day (25 April), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

parking cafe no-smoking toilet shops


Member Free*

Adult $12.00

Under 18 years Free*

Adult Operating Day $20.00

* Surcharges may apply for special events


39 Hayes Road,
Otago 9387

+64 3 444 5801

A staff member showing a man and a woman some equipment in the Hayes workshop

Ernest Hayes was the original Kiwi innovator, backyard boffin and all-round No 8 wire Einstein. The Hayes complex, which includes stables and a dairy in addition to the works and homestead, is set well back from the Ida Valley-Omakau Rd, backdropped by low hills. As hubs of industry go, it’s very pastoral. Rail-trailers, who in recent years have adopted the site as a prime stop on the multi-day cycling route, often describe it as an oasis.

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Tohu whenua

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

Historic black and white aerial photo of the Hayes Engineering workshop complex in 1975

Ngā Kōrero

Photo: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Not sure where to start?

There’s plenty of heritage throughout the stunning Otago landscape. We’ve put together some ideas to get you started.

Explore Ōtākou | Otago heritage
The Otago Central Rail has it all – four to five days of cycling through the most stunning scenery, safe, easy and mostly off-road trails, historic pubs and gold mining sites, and great kiwi hospitality throughout.

Photo: Tim Hawkins / Otago Central Rail Trail Trust

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