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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
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      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
      Open as of Oct 6, 2020
      Local Trail Association

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      Trails (view details)
      6
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      4
      Trails Trail Running
      4
      Total Distance
      27 miles
      Total Descent
      162 ft
      Total Vertical
      53 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      57 ft
      Reports
      83
      Photos
      20
      Ridden Counter
      1,119

      Popular Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 6 rides
      • 29.0 km avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 8 rides
      • 24.8 km avg distance
      Past Week
      • 50 rides
      • 25.0 km avg distance

      Photos of Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Outer Trail
      24 |
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 11:27am
      Jan 5, 2020
      trail: Outer Trail
      23 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:56pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      12 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:55pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      trail: Family Route
      28 |
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 6:52pm
      Aug 3, 2019

      Videos of Bottle Lake Forest Mountain Bike

      Bottle Lake Outer Trail Part 1- Christchurch, NZ
      8:52 | 75 | Jul 5, 2020 , Christchurch
      My boys took over the channel! Bottle Lake...
      5:47 | 257 | Aug 3, 2019 , Christchurch

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Outer Trail
      Oct 6, 2020 @ 10:08pm
      Oct 6, 2020
      Idealbryanmmch
      Family Route
      Sep 29, 2020 @ 10:18pm
      Sep 29, 2020
      Idealbryanmmch
      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....
      Coastal Route Extension
      Oct 1, 2019 @ 10:16pm
      Oct 1, 2019
      Drybryanmmch
      Spencerville Trail
      Jun 29, 2019 @ 4:08pm
      Jun 29, 2019
      DryGazzaobieFrost on the ground in sheltered spots

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1003754ckell87wishlisttrailOuter Trail
      Oct 18, 2020 @ 3:49pm
      Oct 18, 2020
      user #2020742Ayres1958riddentrailFamily Route
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 5:27pm
      Oct 10, 2020
      user #1121426bryanmmchaddreportOuter Trail
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 12:57am
      Oct 7, 2020
      user #1121426bryanmmchaddreportFamily Route
      Sep 30, 2020 @ 10:50am
      Sep 30, 2020
      user #1497049sykicaddskillparkBottle Lake Skills Park
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 8:27pm
      Sep 27, 2020

      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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