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Lake Tutira is an idyllic picnicking and camping spot fringed by weeping willows. It was declared a bird sanctuary at the instigation of farmer/author/ornithologist William Herbert Guthrie-Smith (1861 - 1940) who farmed neighbouring Tutira Station.
There is good swimming in the lake, and excellent trout fishing where a stream flows into its northern reaches.
The Tutira Campsite rests on the southern end of the freshwater lake. Tutira Campsite is a conservation campsite, managed by the Department of Conservation. Some things to remember include:
The Tutira Walkway, steep in places, passes through Tutira Station and the adjoining Lake Tutira Domain.
There are splendid views of coastal Hawke's Bay from Table Mountain Trig.
Allow five hours for the full round trip of nine kilometres.