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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
      Land Status: City Managed
      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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      Region Details
      • 6

      Region Status
      Caution as of Sep 24, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      6
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      4
      Trails Trail Running
      4
      Total Distance
      27 miles
      Total Descent
      705 ft
      Total Vertical
      88 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      91 ft
      Reports
      104
      Photos
      22
      Ridden Counter
      1,518

      Popular Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      Yesterday
      • 10 rides
      Past Week
      • 43 rides

      Photos of Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Bike

      19 |
      Aug 22, 2021 @ 2:44pm
      Aug 22, 2021
      trail: Outer Trail
      35 |
      Nov 27, 2020 @ 10:35am
      Nov 27, 2020
      trail: Outer Trail
      44 |
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 11:27am
      Jan 5, 2020
      trail: Outer Trail
      49 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:56pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      34 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:55pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      50 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:52pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      28 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:51pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      30 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:51pm
      Aug 3, 2019

      Videos of Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Bike

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      10:22 | 73 | Apr 10, 2021
      Bottle Lake Outer Trail Part 1- Christchurch, NZ
      8:52 | 374 | Jul 5, 2020 , Christchurch
      My boys took over the channel! Bottle Lake...
      5:47 | 475 | Aug 3, 2019 , Christchurch

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Inner loop connector
      Aug 10, 2021 @ 11:09pm
      Aug 10, 2021
      Variablebryanmmch
      Coastal Route Extension
      Aug 4, 2021 @ 1:07pm
      Aug 4, 2021
      VariablebryanmmchTree down over the trail. Chainsaw required.
      Outer Trail
      Jul 6, 2021 @ 11:21pm
      Jul 6, 2021
      VariablebryanmmchRiding pretty well, a few puddles but...
      Family Route
      Jun 26, 2021 @ 6:40pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      IdealmourtonThey have closed several parts of the...
      Outer Trail Shortcut
      Aug 28, 2020 @ 2:20pm
      Aug 28, 2020
      Idealbryanmmch
      Coastal Route
      Dec 20, 2019 @ 10:55pm
      Dec 20, 2019
      DrymartinluffStill dry despite the isolated wet day....
      Spencerville Trail
      Jun 29, 2019 @ 4:08pm
      Jun 29, 2019
      DryGazzaobieFrost on the ground in sheltered spots

      Activity Feed

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      user #2870864KieranItmobilevotetrailOuter Trail
      Oct 2, 2021 @ 10:32pm
      Oct 2, 2021
      user #2634473cnorariddentrailOuter Trail
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 8:26pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      user #1587278nrbentonwishlisttrailOuter Trail
      Sep 10, 2021 @ 5:03am
      Sep 10, 2021
      user #1000455bluelinerideraddphoto in Christchurch, New Zealand
      Aug 22, 2021 @ 2:45pm
      Aug 22, 2021
      user #2811006singhjeet98riddentrailOuter Trail
      Aug 14, 2021 @ 7:02pm
      Aug 14, 2021

      Recent Comments

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      user #1094993TuracotrailFamily RouteSurprisingly good fun for its grade as it...
      May 14, 2017 @ 6:53pm
      May 14, 2017

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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike627 miles705 ft4 miles89 ft
      #2,232#83221047,978
      Hike420 miles692 ft4 miles89 ft
      #1,631#5110190
      Trail Running420 miles692 ft4 miles89 ft
      #1,632#5110129
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