Bottle Lake Blue Tracks

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.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms

Blue Track

Start: Bottle Lake Forest car park, Waitikiri Drive, Parklands.

Finish: Same as the starting point.

Distance: 11.4km.

Time: 1.5 - 2 hours return.

Toilets: Located at Bottle Lake Forest car park.

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 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.

Blue Coastal Track

Start: 200 m from Bottle Lake Forest car park

Finish: Blue Track

Distance: 4.7 km

Time: 50 minutes

Toilets: Bottle Lake Forest car park

Dogs: Under effective control


This track diverges from the Blue Track almost immediately after leaving the car park. Walk out towards the coast and around around the landfill site before rejoining the Blue Track after 4.7 km. 

There are a number of walks that can be created using a mix of the dedicated walking tracks and shared use roads that are set out in a grid pattern for way-finding.

A map is available from the Bottle Lake Forest Information Centre, it is recommended to carry one to prevent disorientation.

Map Listing