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.