Forest Lake is a well-established suburb about five kilometres outside Hamilton and only about three kilometres from Te Rapa.
Forest Lake is still growing, featuring often generously sectioned homes dating from the 1910s-1930s as well as Huntly Brick houses from the 1960s. New townhouse sections are currently being developed. Forest Lake is home to Minogue Park, a large recreational area as well as a prominent location for netball games. The suburb has an aquatic centre and is only a few minutes’ drive away from shopping and dining opportunities in both Hamilton and The Base shopping centre at Te Rapa.