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Downs Hut Restoration Completed

After several weekends of hard labour keen outdoorsmen, Cory, Stu and Ben have completed the restoration of the Downs Hut. Gone are the sacking bunks and leaky roof – instead occupants can now enjoy some “rustic luxury.” The character of over a hundred years of use, still remains but the hut is now sturdy and weatherproof to face the next century.

Station huts are a unique feature in New Zealand’s pastoral history. Until recently many huts were left to fall into disrepair. However their appeal has had a resurgence – the charm of a simple corrugated iron haven in the middle of nowhere is a wonderful contrast to modern urban living.


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