John Tait (1901 -1982), was president of the Nelson Tramping Club from 1948. He climbed Mt Travers during a summer holiday with his family and saw the need for a shelter well up the Travers Valley.
He led a volunteer effort to raise funds and to construct the original hut, which opened in 1951. This was five years before Nelson Lakes was gazetted to become a National Park. The original hut was decommissioned in 1978 and a new hut was built on the current site, which offers great views from the valley floor to Mt Travers and Mt Cupola.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BS24
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1580812, N5352927
Altitude: 800 m above sea level
John Tait Hut interior
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
- Child/Infant: (0 - 10 years): free
Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.
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