Bottle Lake Forest Park is an exotic pine forest of approximately 800 hectares. It is a lovely place for a walk on a hot or windy day as the tracks are almost all entirely in the shade.

Bottle Lake; photo Aaron Campbell. Start: Bottle Lake Forest car park, Waitikiri Drive, Parklands.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 11.4km.

Time: 1.5-2 hours.

Toilets: Located at Bottle Lake Forest carpark.

Dogs: Can be exercised off the leash throughout Bottle Lake Forest.


The entrance point is clearly marked and begins about 200 metres from the main car park.

A useful map can be obtained from the Bottle Lake Forest Information Centre or any council service centre. It is recommended that walkers carry one as it is easy to get disorientated in this forest. The roads are organised alphabetically with Apple Road being the closest to the Bottle Lake headquarters and Zulu Road being the furthest away.