The Tūtira Walkway passes through a mixture of farmland, exotic and native forests in the hill country of Hawke’s Bay and provides views over Lake Tūtira.
The lake lies north of Napier, beside SH2, where there is a campsite and a number of walks.
The Tūtira Walkway passes through the heart of this famed sheep station, the subject of Herbert Guthrie-Smith’s well-known natural history book Tūtira, the Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station. Two routes are possible: a shorter 2hr loop or this longer 5hr one.
From the campsite, climb the trail upwards. A trig point at 494m forms the walk’s highest point. From here are views over the Kaweka and Maungaharuru ranges, before the trail descends to a shelter near Ridgemount Road. The track then traverses exotic forest into a gully and back to the lake.