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  • The Ōtepatotu Track.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • Akaroa Harbor and Summit Road, looking south.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • Looking west from the same viewpoint.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • Ascending into morning clouds on the Ōtepatotu Track near the summit of Lavericks Peak.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • The Ōtepatotu Track continues climbing near the summit of Lavericks Peak.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • The narrow Ōtepatotu Track near the summit of Lavericks Peak.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • The summit of Lavericks Peak in thick clouds. This view looks toward the Pacific Ocean on clear days.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • Mossy forests on the Ōtepatotu Track.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • The Ōtepatotu Track near the summit of Lavericks Peak.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
  • New Zealand flax along the track.- Ōtepatotu Track to Lavericks Peak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Expansive views. Incredible scenery. Close to Akaroa.
Cons: 
Often muddy in places. Small parking area.
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Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
508.53 ft (155.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.99 mi (1.60 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,968.50 ft (600.00 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Ōtepatotu Track, within the Ōtepatotu Scenic Reserve, is a great short hike that gives visitors a taste of the wonders of the Banks Peninsula in eastern Canterbury, New Zealand. With views of Akaroa Harbor on one side, views of the Pacific Ocean on another, and a diverse assortment of New Zealand forest and grassy overlooks in between, the Ōtepatotu Track is an excellent choice for visitors who want to escape the tourist hustle-and-bustle of Akaroa or even those coming from Christchurch who do not mind a little bit of driving.

There is only one trail leading into the bush from a small trailhead that is hardly marked from the road, but the trail itself is signed and easy to find. A short distance in, however, the trail forks. Heading left will lead to many rocky outcroppings with stunning views of Akaroa Harbor and the Banks Peninsula. A short climb after leads to the summit of Lavericks Peak, which is built up pretty heavily since the north half of it does not lie in the Ōtepatotu Scenic Reserve and is clear-cut. While the clear-cut isn't pretty, it does open up to views of the Pacific Ocean. A short, steeper descent through forests of moss-covered trees leads to the initial fork in the trail and to the parking area.

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