Taylors Mistake - Godley Head Walk

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Intensity: Walking track

Duration: 3 hour return trip

How to get there: Drive to the coastal suburb of Sumner, and then continue on to the Port Hills via Evans Pass Road and this will take you directly to the Godley Head car park. It is approximately a 50 minute drive from the centre of Christchurch.

Description of walk: Most people drive to the Godley Head car park and complete the loop track from there. Alternatively, it can be accessed and completed from Taylors Mistake beach.

From the Godley Head car park take the Pilgrims Way track signposted to Taylors Mistake. The walkway winds around the hill above Mechanics Bay, past the historic military buildings including the Battery Observation posts at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. From here it carries on the Boulder Bay / Taylors Mistake Walkway around the nose of the headland and past the Godley Battery Compound (currently closed due to earthquake damage) then down the hill to Boulder Bay where it is easy to spot where cave dwellings use to be and then on to Taylors Mistake beach. You can return to the Godley Head car park the same way or walk up the shared use, Anaconda track to Breeze Col. From there the track stays above Breeze Bay, offering views of Lyttelton Harbour until it drops down to the Godley Head car park. This walk offers spectacular views of the city, New Brighton Beach the Heathcote and Avon Estuaries, New Brighton Beach and on a clear day the Southern Alps. Make sure you keep your eyes out to sea and on the rocks below you may spot a seal, dolphin or even a whale.

Facilities & important information:

  • Toilets available at Taylors Mistake and Godley Head car park
  • Well-formed track
  • Dogs allowed on a lead only and not on the beach in summer months
  • There are closures on the walk (close to cliffs and the Godley Head Battery Compound) due to earthquake damage but this does not affect the walk.

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  • By sacha 08/02/2015

    very nice track to do! One of my favourites

  • By rachael 29/09/2015

    hi, does anyone know if its ok to take a mountain buggy (pram) along the track or is it not suitable?

    • By Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism 01/10/2015

      Hi Rachael. There are steps on this track which can be hard to negotiate with a pram. Hope this helps.

    • By Snotty128 27/12/2015

      I did it a couple of years ago with that kind of pram. There were two sets of steps near the taylors mistake end, and a couple of stiles at the godley head end. I managed them all with perseverance, and a little help from strangers

  • By Virginia Eivers 07/03/2016

    I would like to do this walk but have no car to get to the start. Is it possible to get public transport? I do not know Christchurch but am passing through and this looks a super walk. Any transport tips gratefully received. Cheers Virginia

    • By Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism 29/03/2016

      Hi Virgina,

      You can get a bus to Sumner but would need to find some sort of private transport over to Taylors Mistake or the top of the walk. Uber or a taxi would be able to take you over the hill and pick you up :)

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