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.
A loop track starts and finishes at the picnic area.
Walk along the track to a lookout point on the bluffs, with panoramic views across the harbour and surrounding landscape.
From the lookout the track climbs through a remnant of mountain tōtara forest to reach the summit of Lavericks Peak (755 metres). 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.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Banks Peninsula
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