Lake Tūtira has a maximum depth of 42 m and an average depth of 21 m, has a surface area of 174 hectares and is approximately 155 m above sea level. Water stays in the lake for at least 3 years. Its close proximity to urban areas makes the lake a valued and well-used recreational asset for fishing and water activities. Lake Tutira also has high cultural significance to local Maori. The lake is prone to algal blooms over the warmer summer months (source lawa.co.nz).