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      There are a range of great rides through Bottle Lake Forest Park. From each access point there are options to take round trips, gentle 30 minute rides to 20 km+ trips that take 2 hours or more.

      Bottle Lake Forest Park offers a great range of long and short mountain bike tracks suitable all ages and levels of fitness. The mountain bike tracks wind through the 1000-hectare pine forest. The terrain is largely flat but nearer the coast planted sand hills provide some challenge. None of the hills are very big so you can choose to walk to the top and have great fun riding down the other side.


      Coastal Ride to Spencer Park (10 km round trip)

      - Start at Bower Avenue or from Spencer Park.
      - At Spencer Park there is a fantastic children's adventure playground, mini golf, toilets and a shop for an ice cream.

      Family Loop Ride (approx 7km)

      - Start at the Waitikiri Drive car park.
      - Follow blue markers towards the coast and return.

      Hints & Tips

      - Apart from the sound of the sea, there are few features to orient yourself with, so the forest can be a bit of a maze.
      - If you need to find your way back to the car park remember the north-south forestry roads are named alphabetically Apple, Bravo, Charlie etc across to the beach.
      - The east-west avenues are numbered sequentially, starting from 10th by Spencer Park to the 28th by Parklands.
      - Most junctions are signposted.
      - There is no drinking water in the forest and it can be hot, even under the trees, so take a water bottle, sun block and something to eat to keep your energy levels up.
      - Fire is a constant threat so lighting fires is forbidden. If you see smoke or fire anywhere in the park phone 111 immediately.
      - At Waitikiri Drive there are toilets tucked away in the car park and an information centre with interpretive displays that explain the history of the area and the animals that live there.
      - There is also a hose for washing down your bike and yourself if necessary.
      - If you still have energy to spare after the ride, there is a BMX-style track right next to the car park.
      - Dogs are allowed in the forest but take some plastic bags so you can clean up after them.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Spencer Park Car Park google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Start at the main Bottle Lake Forest entrance off Waitikiri Drive, off Burwood Road.

      Alternatively access it from Spencer Park or from Bower Avenue.
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      Stats

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      Trails
      3
      Total Distance
      14.7 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      1,502 ft
      Total Descent
      53 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      20 ft
      Total Vertical
      16 ft
      Ridden Counter
      99

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