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Bottle Lake Blue Loop, Canterbury

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Bottle Lake Blue LoopBeginner

Submitted by Alistair Bull

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Trail Information

11.60km

130m

130m

28m

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner

1:25 (Novice)
1:00 (Intermediate)
0:45 (Elite)

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Description

Bottle Lake Forest is an 800 hectare pine plantation. it is criss crossed with tracks for walkers, runners, Mt bikers and horse riders. Many people walk their dogs here.

The forestry roads are named alphabetically - 'Apple' to 'Zulu' East to west with Apple being closest to the visitor centre. Avenues are numbered 10th to 28th from north to south.

Enter the park down 22nd ave, cross Apple road and about 70m later turn right into the forest. The route is well marked with white and blue markers. Occasionally the mtb and horse tracks can add confusion but a couple of seconds checking for the markers and you'll be back on track.

At 3.5km you'll turn left onto Whiskey road and run along the exclusion zone fence. Continue down uniform road and turn left on 15th ave. Turn back onto the track just after November road and enjoy the undulating single track back through the forest.


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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

Gravel Road: 5%


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  • Access

    Bottle Lake Forest Park entrance off Waitikiri Drive.

    It is clearly signposted from Prestons Rd/Burwood Rd.

    Ample safe parking is available at the park entrance beside the visitor center.

    The park can be reached by bus from the city center on the 'Orange' line and swap to the '135' bus at Burwood hospital. Get off the bus at Waitikiri Drive bus stop and you have a 1km walk up to the park.

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Maps are available at the visitor centre. About 1.5km in there is a road crossing where the track was quite overgrown. The entrance to the narrow track is to the right a few meters down the road.

    Generally good.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water fountain at the beginning of the track, otherwise no water on the loop.

    The 4wd section of track has a tendency to get very wet with large puddles to navigate around or splash through.

    The walk/run track crosses the horse and mtb tracks often. Keep an eye out for both and make sure to give way to horses.

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