Stanley Vale Hut

St James Conservation Area

An historic farming homestead on the Stanley Vale Run, built by Joseph Young about 1866. The hut is built of timber, mud, and horsehair, with two rooms. DOC had been managing the hut as a day shelter, and had emptied out the bunkroom. However, there are currently a couple of informal bunks installed. The charming hut overlooks the wide grassy plain of Stanley Vale.

William Longney Fowler, a Gloucestershire farmer, held the run here from 1866 to 1892. His son of the same name was born here in 1872. He once broke his leg, rode to Hanmer to have it attended, found the doctor to be out, and immediately returned to the backcountry. William's brother was called Stanley, after William Sr's home town of Leonard Stanley.

Further notes on William Fowler Sr: http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc03Cycl-t1-body1-d6-d27-d2.html#name-422532-mention

Stanley Vale Hut • By Matthew. Licence: C.

Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 2
2
Facilities
Toilet, Open fireplace
Water supply
No water
Getting there
Getting there
Stanley River Track from the south, Fowler Pass Track from the east, or via Lake Guyon in the north. The hut is 1 hour's walk from Lake Guyon Hut.
Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
880m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BT24
Map
ID 15650

About this hut

Added 7 April 2015 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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