2013 Lake Otuhie Walkway sign

Lake Otuhie Walkway

This scenic walkway provides access to the western shore of Lake Otuhie, south of Cape Farewell in the upper-South Island.

It follows Kowhai Creek between Cowin Road and the lake, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the area’s wild landscape and dramatic rock formations.

Some sections of this 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 Lake Otuhie Walkway is closed for lambing season between 1 August and 30 September.


Lake Otuhie Walkway can be accessed from Cowin Road, 30km south of Cape Farewell in the upper-South Island.

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: 1 hour return
Length: 3km return
Created: 22 May 2012
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation