Godley Head

Explore Godley Head’s fascinating history with stunning views of Lyttelton on this 3 hour return walk.

What you need to know:

  • 3 hour return trip.
  • Loop track.
  • 50 minute drive from Christchurch.
  • Most people drive to the Godley Head car park and complete track from there. Alternatively, this walk can be accessed from Taylors Mistake beach.
  • Steep, unfenced cliffs – keep children under supervision at all times.
  • Toilets available at Taylors Mistake and Godley Head car park.
  • Dogs allowed on lead only.
  • Not suitable for prams due to steps.
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New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip
    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.
  2. Tell someone
    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.
  3. Be aware of the weather
    New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Metservice.com is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  4. Know your limits
    It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.
  5. Take sufficient supplies
    Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.