Ōtepātotu – Place of the Fairies with Department of Conservation Rangers Vanessa Mander and Leeann Ellis
This is a great walk for families. Nearing the summit of Lavericks Peak, trees are hung with weeping moss, creating a 'goblin forest' atmosphere, appropriate to the loose translation of the name Ōtepātotu, 'place of the fairies'. Enjoy morning tea on the tops, or down in the forest if windy. The return track travels down through a native fuchsia/kōtukutuku gully forest on the southern side – important kai for native birds. Look out for the ‘Toyota Kiwi Guardians’ post along the way, so you can redeem your medal afterwards.
Bring a camera to record the amazing panoramic views and mysterious goblin forest! Please note that this is a steep track with steps and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Not suitable for children under 5 unless carried or experienced walkers.
Walk Length: 2 hours including breaks. Walk climbs about 150m
Walk Difficulty: TRAMP - Track mostly unformed with prolonged up and down
Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. Bring morning tea, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen, layered clothing and jacket
Please be aware that credit card fees apply to bookings.