Ōtepatotu Reserve lower lookout

Image: DOC


This loop track reaches the summit of Lavericks Peak with a 'goblin forest' on the way - trees hung with weeping moss.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

1 hr loop Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


'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.

Getting there

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.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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