Otepatotu “Place of the Fairies”Beginner
Submitted by Sharon Sharpe
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Undulating, small hills only
Native bushOpen ridges/topsVolcanic
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From the carpark follow the track uphill till you get to a crossroad with a sign. Follow the track on the left. This will also take you to a lookout over the harbour. From here follow the track uphill to the summit of Laverick's Peak where the wind turbines are. On a windy day, these can be heard from the beginning of the track.
Follow the track past the wind turbines and back into the forest. The track on this side is less technical, is wide in places and you will really get the chance to stretch out your downhill quads. This takes you back to the crossroad. You can do the loop again if you wish in reverse for a different experience, or return back to the carpark.
Features of interest
Goblin Forest, Wind Turbines, Harbour Viewing Points, Fuchsia Trees, Native Birds
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 50%
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From Christchurch follow the Akaroa Highway to Hilltop, then turn left. Ōtepatotu is located along the Summit Road midway between Okains and Le Bons Bays.
There is a carpark at the beginning of the track, just off the Summit Road. Picnic tables and toilets are available.
Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Take your own water.
Very exposed to the cold winds on the summit.
Post run indulgence
5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Akaroa
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