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 are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Getting Here


39 Hayes Road,
Otago 9387

parking cafe no-smoking toilet shops

+64 3 444 5801

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is located 1.2kms from Oturehua.

By public transport

Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is not accessible via public transport.


The Otago Central Rail Trail runs right past Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead. We are just over an hour’s cycle from Lauder, or two-minutes cycle from Oturehua.

By road

From Alexandra, take State Highway 85 north to Omakau. At Omakau take the Ida Valley-Omakau Road on your right by Omakau garage. Cross the Manuherikia river. Follow over Blacks Hill and all the way up Ida Valley until you reach Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead on your left. Look out for the large, red windmill.

From Ranfurly take State Highway 85 for approximately 20-minutes and turn left onto Ida Valley-Omakau Road and Oturehua exit. Drive through Oturehua township. Just outside Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead will be on your right. Look out for the large, red windmill.


There is free parking in the paddock opposite the works. Buses may also park here. New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) members may park overnight for a small fee. Contact us to arrange overnight parking.

Hours and Entry

Opening Hours

9.00am - 4.00pm

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


Member Free*

Adult $12.00

Under 18 years Free*

Adult Operating Day $20.00

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Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead is a complex of seven buildings, some of which with steps for entry, and a lot of uneven surfaces due to our rural location. Due to the inaccessibility of parts of the site, we do not charge an entry fee for anyone who cannot access these but still wish to visit the grounds and accessible buildings.


The café has wheelchair access through the main entrance.

Engineering workshop

Our engineering works is a one-storey building, with a slight lip at the entry, however access is available, just let our staff know you require it.

Farm Buildings

The collection of farm buildings are all one-storey and accessible to wheelchairs.


The Hayes Homestead is a one-storey building with steps up to the entry. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the homestead. A self-guide booklet will help tell the story of the homestead and its unique innovations.

Office Building

The Office Building is a one-storey building with steps up to the entry. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the office. A self-guide booklet will help tell the story of the office building and Ernest Hayes ingenuity.


The gardens are accessible and ready for you to enjoy.

Please note the property has grass throughout and no paths. This can make it difficult for some wheelchairs to navigate the grounds.


There are accessible toilets located at the back of the engineering works.


Food and Drink

Situated in the grounds of Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead, Hannah’s Café offers fresh baking and hearty lunches. Produce from our garden is used to produce our kai/food. A range of coffee, tea, cold drinks and ice creams are also available. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan options are available.

This is a smoke and vape free site.

A woman stands presenting a tray of food with the cafe building in the background

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Children and whānau

Both inside and out, there are plenty of things for kids to do. Inside, you can go everywhere, and budding engineers can explore the workshop! Outside, there is space to roam and farm animals to see.

Things to remember

We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.

Some rooms may be dimly lit and cold depending on the weather and time of year.

Safe Space

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.

A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

Safe spaces logo a rainbow circle with the words 'Safe Space, wāhi haumaru'