A historic engineering factory built by the Hayes family - still in original working order. As well as the internationally-acclaimed wire strainer, other Hayes inventions included pulley blocks and cattle stops – indispensable to farmers and still seen throughout New Zealand today.
Hayes, supported by his wife Hannah, expanded operations from the original homestead to include a stone workshop. These, along with the 1895 homestead, brick stables and first office, both 1912, are still standing – along with remnants of a windmill built in 1910 to power the works.
Visitors will see the works have been well preserved and appear very much as they did when in operation. You can look over the original homestead as well, with its own intriguing quirks and comforts for family life.
On-site cafe and gift shop. Pre-booked groups by arrangement.
Hayes Engineering Works is open 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday, September, October and May, and daily from November - April. It is closed from June-August, and Christmas Day.