Last Updated: 14th Jan 2024


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Otepatotu “Place of the Fairies”

Akaroa, Canterbury

Submitted by Sharon Sharpe

Last Updated: 14th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 4 ?

Gnarl Factor: 20 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Open ridges/tops


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.4%


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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.

Goblin Forest, Wind Turbines, Harbour Viewing Points, Fuchsia Trees, Native Birds

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There is a carpark at the beginning of the track, just off the Summit Road. Picnic tables and toilets are available.

14 km

20 minutes




Perfect throughout.

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.

Hilltop Tavern
5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Akaroa

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Trail Reviews

Great loop and fab views!

Stefanie Parks

November 12, 2021

A great wee spot to explore with the family. The climbing crag below is also worth a look, although it has been many years since I have been there and I struggled to find the access track on this occasion. Next time!

Brion Matthews

August 18, 2021

Cute loop! It is a great little patch of native bush. Worth a stop on Summit Road.

Matt Halverson

February 6, 2021

Love this loop what a wee gem . Its bordering to my friend's farm so could just jump over his stile and away I was on these magic trails and beautiful rock climbing too.

Sia Svendsen

February 2, 2021

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