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Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

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From the top of the ridge, you look out over the hilly sheep and cattle farming country. You can enjoy a relaxing walk around the farmland, along the lake edge, maybe try your luck at trout fishing.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island, Hawkes Bay, East Coast
        • Distance: 4.80 kms
        • Time needed: 2 hours 15 minutes
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 375m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    From the top of the ridge, you look out over the hilly sheep and cattle farming country. You can enjoy a relaxing walk around the farmland, along the lake edge, maybe try your luck at trout fishing. (you will need a fishing licence) Or stroll through the pine forest and listen to the native birds welcoming the sun rise.  You will see a number of water birds from NZ Scaup, NZ only diving duck the Black Swan, White Heron and the Australian Coot. Plus Native birds from Bellbirds, Wood Pigeon, Tui, Grey Warbler and the friendly little Fantail.

  • Track Quality

    All the tramping is over farm land. Most of the walking is on grass farm track to dirt 4X4 farm road.

  • Hazards

    Steep cliff face on the top of the ridge.

  • Transport


  • Water

    Only at the camp site.

  • Driving Instructions

    Get on to the main Highway (2) which will run you across to Taupo or up north to Wairoa and Gisborne.  You will drive past Napier Airport at around 5.1ks.  At 12.5ks you will be at the turn off to Taupo Lake.  Do not turn to the left, drive straight ahead and over the bridge.  At 24ks you will be driving through the twist and turn Tangoio Forest, the view at the top is excellent. Take it easy on the way down to the next valley.  When you dive around Devils Elbow, it is only a 2ks drive to the turnoff to lake Waikopiro.  Keep an eye out for the first lake on your right, the turn off is just around the next corner on the right.  Drive down the dirt road for 1.3ks to the motorhome and camping ground the gate 50m past the camp grounds are locked.

  • Area & Track History


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  • Map location of Pera's Walk - Lake Tutira

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira – Start

When you get off the busy highway, just follow the dirt road to the very end. There might be one gate to open to gain access to the camp grounds

Point 2: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

Walk into the camp ground keeping to the left. Follow the fence for 80m till you reach the gate. There is a small drain running along the fence line you might have to cross this drain to reach the fence.

Point 3: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

Tramp through the gate and up the gully, along the farm track. You should see the marker post with orange painted tops.  The climb to the top is just steep enough to work up a slight sweat, or what I have been told, is a glow. Not sweat.  15 minutes up the walk is a shelter where you can sit and enjoy the views of the lake and surrounding hills.

Point 4: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

20 minutes from the shelter is your next turnoff. Turn right on to Pera’s track and Lake Waikopiro.All you do now is follow the ridge to the look out.

Point 5: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

30 Minutes from the turnoff the views are breathtaking.  Just keep away from the cliff face, its a long painful tumble to the bottom.  Climb, jump, crawl over the style.  The marker posts are spread out a little too far.  Side step the rabbits, and work your way down hill to the dam, this is about a 15 minute walk.

Point 6: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

From the dam, look ahead and down the valley, you should see the dirt farm track snaking its way down to the lake.   This track can get quite cut up by the cattle in the winter time, so expect to get your boots covered in mud.   In all it is an easy track to follow down to the lake.  The marker posts will show you the way.   One thing you must watch out for is the Aberdeen angus cattle.  In kiwi slang Blackpolls.  The Blackpolls are hill country cattle; hence they can be a little wild and rush out of the scrub as you walk past and frighten the living daylights out of you!

Point 7: Pera’s Walk – Lake Tutira

When you arrive at the lake, turn right and follow the gravel road around the lake edge to the main gravel road you drove in on. Turn right and walk 900m back to the car.

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Lake Tutira Camping Area State Highway 2, Tutira 4181, New Zealand

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