At Taradale the Tutaekuri River valley has widened and flattened, and the river is semi-braided. Landuse is dominated by vineyards and orchards, with typical dry stock farming in the surrounding hills. The suburb of Taradale is located behind stopbanks. There is a restoration programme downstream at the Waitangi Estuary.
The Tutaekuri catchment supports a regionally significant brown and rainbow trout fishery. The angling activity is spread throughout the catchment, with the Tutaekuri main stem the most sought after fishery. The trout populations in the catchment are self sustaining, with trout spawning occurring in a number of tributaries.
Recreational activities, such as swimming canoeing/kayaking and fishing occur throughout the catchment, and the lower reaches have Hawke's Bay Trail routes along stopbanks. The Tutaekuri catchment also supports significant ecological values associated with the aquatic and riparian ecosystems and significant habitats of indigenous fauna and flora.