We can arrange a variety of activities at the Lodge and in the local area. If you have anything special in mind that’s not listed below please give us a call on 06 839 7742 and we will do our best to arrange it.
Activities arranged by Tutira Lodge
Please contact us prior to arrival to check availability, arrange activities and cost.
1. Farm activities – various options
2. Fresh water fishing
3. Sea fishing
4. Clay bird shooting
5. Hunting trips
6. Bush walks – see below for details
7. Helicopter tour
Activities in the local area
1. Tangoio Walkway Scenic Reserve, on State Highway 2, is an easy 4.5km walk (2 hrs) to an attractive waterfall; a side path also takes in the Te Ana waterfall. One entrance is across the road from the White Pine car park — take care when crossing the road.
2. White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve by State Highway 2 is suitable for children, wheelchairs, pushchairs, and popular for family picnics. One of two loop tracks takes visitors to a large grove of Nikau palms (30 mins).
3. Tutira Country Park and camping ground are set well back from the main road. There are a number of great walking/tramping tracks from the short easy loop around Lake Waikopiro to the Tutira walkways. Free camping is at the end of the lake road. Drinking water and toilets are provided.
4. Guthrie-Smith Arboretum & Education Centre is open for school camps and other groups — offering outdoor adventure and education. The Arboretum advertises occasional public ‘open days’.
5. Lake Tutira is a wildlife refuge and a pleasant place to fish for new, and experienced anglers looking for Rainbow and Brown trout.
6. Holt Forest Arboretum was set up by local farmers and includes Redwoods, Douglas firs and Kahikatea, with access from Waikoau Road. The track is also wheelchair accessible.
7. Lake Opouahi Scenic Reserve has a picnic shelter with an easy 1.2 km walk (30 mins) beside the lake, access from Pohokura Road. Visitors can swim, canoe and fish for trout. The Pan Pac Kiwi Crèche safeguards young Kiwi chicks until they are big Prough to be returned to the wild; no dogs are allowed inside the pest-proof fence.
8. Bellbird Bush Scenic Reserve is between Lake Opouahi and Boundary Stream on Pohokura Road. During an easy 15 minute walk, visitors may see Bellbird, Tui, Rifleman, Tomtit and Kereru (native pigeon).
9. Boundary Stream Mainland Island Reserve is home to many native birds including the Toutouwai (North Island robin), North Island Brown Kiwi, Kaka, Kokako, New Zealand Falcon and Kereru (native pigeon). Access is from the end of Pohokura Road. Tracks in the reserve range from 1 hour to 1 day and easy to more challenging: • Tumanako Loop Track, a nature walk suitable for children (40 mins) • Shine Falls from Heays Access Road (1 hr each way) • Kamahi Loop Track (2 hrs) • Bell Rock Loop Track, with panoramic views and the bell-shaped outcrop (4 hrs) • Kamahi Loop Track to Shine Falls/Heays Access Road (5 hrs one way)
10. Shine Falls is the highest waterfall in Hawke’s Bay. Access is from Heays Access Road. The forest includes Kanuka, Kawakawa, Kowhai and Titoki, with Kaka Beak growing on the cliffs. (45 mins).