Tutira Walkway

Tutira Walkway takes in the native bush and wetlands surrounding Lake Tutira, a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary 45km north of Napier.

The walkway ascends to the Table Mountain Trig, which offers views of coastal Hawke’s Bay from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. Visitors can link with other walking tracks in the area to complete a full loop, returning to their starting point at Lake Tutira or Ridgemont Road. Shelter, picnic and toilet facilities are available at the lake end of the walkway.

Some sections of Tutira Walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.

The walkway is closed from the beginning of August to the end of September for lambing.


Tutira Walkway can be accessed from Lake Tutira, off State Highway 2 south of Tutira, or from Ridgemont Road at the northern end.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 2 hours and 30 minutes one way
Length: 4.3km one way
Created: 21 March 1984
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation