The further away hut was the first building erected on the farm known as ‘Choubra’ by Mr Jack Galwey in the early 1900s. Once the homestead was built it was used as a single man’s accommodation for a few years, then as it fell in to dis-repair it was used as a store-room. In 2010 it was painted, repaired and re-lined inside with macrocarpa, back to it’s original sound condition.
The near hut was built in the 1950’s as a single man’s hut and used as such for a number of years, it too received a ‘facelift’ in 2010 to become usable again. A comfortable base!
Built in 1866 out of local river stone and felled timbers, with a thatched roof and earthen floor. The thatched roof was replaced with corrugated iron, and a wooden floor built in the early 1900’s. In 2001 the damaged chimney and collapsed north end were resurrected and re-plastered, and the inside lined with timber for warmth.
Sutherland’s Hut is New Zealand’s oldest surviving hut, having stood the test of time remarkably well. An historic gem!
Originally built out of timber in the 1870s, it was a small ‘pokey’ hut, and was unintentionally burnt down late 1930’s. It was rebuilt soon after and made slightly larger, the timber and iron were ‘packed out’ by horse from the homestead. In 2005 it was completely re-lined and extended and is now the largest of the 3 huts. Still to this day, this hut remains an essential accommodation base for shepherds at tailing (docking) and calf marking. Spacious luxury!
This walk was a fabulous way to get away from the hurly burly of work! The tracks were well marked, the huts were wonderful – basic but with comfy beds and the total luxury of hot showers and flush loos! Also well written history on each place. The beautiful scenery and peace of the whole station makes this an amazing experience
We did this walk some time ago now and I have meant to write something ever since. We really enjoyed the walk, and the cabins were divine! So cute. The self service bar was a godsend as well. We both had a bath and watched the sunset. Would recommend this walk.