Forest Lake

Population (Census 2013) 3,639
Highest Sale* (Jul 2015) $630,000
Median Sale* (2015) $350,000
No. of Sales* (2014) 88
( *REINZ Statistics)

For Sale in Forest Lake


Forest Lake Road was the first road to be named in the suburb and was given its name after the small Lake Rotokaeo by Dr. Carey in 1910. It was in the same year that J.F Vercoe subdivided the area into streets where Tahi, Rua, Toru and Wha Streets were introduced, and streets such as Rimu, Rata, Matai and Hinau were named after New Zealand native trees by him also. In 1921 Dalgliesh Avenue was bought and named by the Waikato Racing Club after Mr Dalgliesh who was a member of the Old Coach Driving Firm. By 1925 the Hamilton boundary had expanded which meant the introduction of the suburb Maeroa.

Real Estate & Design

The period of development is typified by the housing in the suburb as much of the development occurred between 1910 and 1930. Many of the houses typify the transition from late villas to early bungalows. The gable and high stud were reduced but in some cases the half verandah at the front was retained. Double hung windows gave way to side hung casement windows, often with top hung fan lights. The narrower bevel back weatherboards took over from the rusticated profile. As you move through the suburb away from the city the housing changes and the influence of the 1960s Huntly brick home typifies much of the suburb. Forest Lake/Maeroa has a sprinkling of unique homes such as 45 Forest Lake Road which is a Spanish style bungalow fashioned by Terrance Vautier. Due to its proximity to the city, many of the larger sections are giving way to modern infill townhousing.


Convenience shops are located on Forest Lake and Maeroa Roads. You are only minutes away from a range of specialty and departmental type shopping on Te Rapa straight, and The Base shopping complex which offers a variety of stores such as The Warehouse Extra, Briscoes and Dressmart to name a few.

Restaurants & Cafes

Café Surburbia is located at the beginning of Forest Lake Road and is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A range of takeaway restaurants are also available, including the popular Hells Pizza which offers gourmet pizza. On the corner of Ridout Street and Maeroa Road is Sugar Bowl which offers superb coffee and café fare.

Sports & Fitness

The aquatic centre, Waterworld, is located on Garnett Avenue and includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hydro-slides, diving pools and a gymnasium. Minogue Park, located at the end of Walsh Street, is the home of Hamilton netball and next to a BMX track and Lake Rotokaeo. Tennis courts and a bowling green are also situated on Maeroa Road.

Schools & Education

Schooling in the suburb comprises of Forest Lake School and Maeroa Intermediate, both of which have been operating for more than 50 years. Forest Lake School is located on Storey Avenue and educates pupils from Year one through to Year six. Maeroa Intermediate School was the first Intermediate School to introduce the new institutional level in 1965. Located on Churchill Street and with a school role of over 600 pupils the school carries students from year seven to year eight.

Distance from CBD

Maeroa/Forest Lake borders the city and is the first suburb you meet as exiting the CBD North. A walk to the CBD will take you approximately 30 minutes or a 2km drive. Bus stops are situated along Maeroa and Forest Lake Roads and a cab fare will cost you anywhere between $10.00 and $16.00.

Key Attractions

Proximity to the CBD and the variety of sports clubs are all key attractions to the area. With an entrance off Garnett Avenue and Te Rapa straight the Waikato Racing Club is a crowd favourite. Several meetings are held throughout the year with a feature being the Sky City Gold Cup. Thousands flock for an outstanding afternoon of thoroughbred excitement.