Bottle Lake Forest

Bottle Lake Pine PlantationBefore European settlement in the Canterbury area, the site on which Bottle Lake Forest Park is now situated contained flax swamps, coastal bush and an eeling lagoon.

This lagoon was a mahinga kai (food gathering area) for the early Waitaha people. There were no dunes, just a gentle rising sand plain. Behind this were wetlands that were periodically inundated by high seas.

The area was cleared, drained and farmed by European colonists.


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