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.
September – May
9.00am - 4.00pm
Closed June - August; Anzac Day (25 April), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Under 18 years Free*
Adult Operating Day $20.00
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Tim Hawkins / Otago Central Rail Trail Trust