Ōtepatotu Reserve lower lookout
'Goblin forest' - trees hung with weeping moss
Image: Tom Hitchon | DOC
From the lookout the track climbs through a remnant of mountain tōtara forest to reach the summit of Lavericks Peak (755 m). Nearing the summit, trees are hung with weeping moss, creating a 'goblin forest' atmosphere, appropriate to the loose translation of the name Ōtepātotu, 'place of the fairies'.
The return track travels down through a native fuchsia/kōtukutuku gully forest on the southern side.
Picnic tables and toilets are available.
From Christchurch follow the Akaroa Highway to Hilltop, then turn left. Ōtepātotu is located along the Summit Road midway between Okains and Le Bons Bays.