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Old Yesterday, 02:09 AM   #1
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NZ 2014/2015 Part One E Hayes and Sons Hardware store

Evening all,

Here I am in downtown Invercargill, way south in the South Island of NZed for the annual Burt Munroe m/c festival, which should have kicked off today(Wednesday) with flat track racing, but alas this was cancelled. Tomorrow is the hill climb down at Bluff. So with plenty of time on my hands, and in the mood to take photos and do a write up, I have decided to do a report on the amazing E Hayes Hardware store in Dee St Invercargill.

In my opinion, the best by far, of a hardware store any where in the world. BIG STATEMENT. Probably the nearest was the now defunct Ryans in Elizabeth st Melbourne, but that didn't have what Hayes have in spades, not to mention axes, bolts, etc and one hellva unique motor cycle and car collection in the aisles.

So sit back and enjoy, I hope you like photos because there are s**t loads, most don't need an intro.

This is the store on Dee St, it is 3 stores side by side extending the entire length of Leet St, staffed by, ahem, shall we say senior people, whose knowledge and experience is vast, not some snotty nose teenager who knows jackshit.





Walk in the doors and this greets you. you want a tool?





These are in the front windows





But the real reason you visit this store is because the various Hayes Brothers were motorcyclists and car enthusiastics.

Enjoy




Postie bikes owners eat your heart out, this was the original designed by Honda back in the early 60's




Variable gearing.
Oh yeah, Mr Honda San not so silly!




Them crafty Kiwis, nothing is a problem.
Having trouble using a hammer? won't do the job, no problems Sir, how many would you like?












Son of the founder and who supported Burt, loved his motorcylists, and was wasn;t half bad








That's about half way through the tour of E Hayes and Sons.

If anyone reckons there is a better hardware house, I would love to know

Cheers
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Old Yesterday, 02:29 AM   #3
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Not wrong PBee

Snow down to 600mts, hail, gale force winds, heavy rain. That's the forcast for the next 48 hrs.

When you notice the locals wearing/riding in gumboots, it kinda tells you something.

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Old Yesterday, 02:40 AM   #4
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Went there a few years ago for the specific reason of seeing berts bikes, it seems they have a few extra's in there now. And the other claim to fame was the longest wall of tools in southern hemisphere/ world, something like that.
Good luck with the climb at the bluff tomorrow when we went, got to the top and could see all of 2mtrs due to fog and misty rain
And buy one of the worlds fastest Indian T shirts from the hardware store they're good quality, I still wear mine.
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Not wrong PBee

Snow down to 600mts, hail, gale force winds, heavy rain. That's the forcast for the next 48 hrs.

When you notice the locals wearing/riding in gumboots, it kinda tells you something.

Cheers

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So its a typical late spring/ early summer day in Invercargill
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Old Yesterday, 03:55 AM   #6
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I used to shop there
things have changed since then ..
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Love it, thanks Chris. Hi btw.
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Chris,
Jan & I also visited there a few years back, I too tell everyone it's the best Hardware store in the world.
Great pics
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A great write up and pics.

We visited in Feb 2012 and the weather was crap then too!

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Wink Richardson's Truck Museum

Hi Chris - good to see you're back in Aotearoa - I'm here in Melbin for now

Whilst your in the deep South - you might want to check out Richardson's Truck (& Car) collection - ask a local about location and how you get admission.

Enjoy the 'Burt' - hope you get some fine days

You going to the BMWOR Rally in Wanganui in January? If yes I hope to see you there - along with Postie I imagine

Cheers Oaters - aka Stephen O
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