From the lookout the track climbs through a remnant of mountain tōtara forest to reach the summit of Lavericks Peak (755 m). 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.