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.
Follow the Akaroa Highway, SH75 to the top of the hill above Little River, then take the Summit Road (Tourist Drive) to the Pigeon Bay turnoff. Continue on the Summit Road 13.5 km past the turnoff to find the reserve. The reserve is adjacent to the road, with limited roadside parking.