Nature and conservation

Awaroa/Godley Head is a fantastic place to be for scenery alone. This exposed headland on top of sheer 120 metre-high cliffs can, on a clear day, provide views across the harbour to Banks Peninsula and far down the coastline.

The vegetation is largely modified grasslands.

White-flippered penguin/korora are being returned to a small bay just beyond the baches at Boulder Bay.

The easy graded tracks, great views and fascinating history makes the Godley Head area suitable for small children and family groups.

Getting there

From the centre of town, drive to the coastal suburb of Sumner, then head up the Port Hills via Evans Pass Road. Turn left onto the Summit Road to reach Godley Head car park. The Godley Head car park is about a 50 minute drive from Cathedral Square.

Public transport is available as far as Sumner. There is no access from Lyttelton.

Know before you go

  • There are toilets and parking at Godley Head and Taylors Mistake.
  • There are steep, unfenced cliffs – keep children under close supervision at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed on a lead, but they can’t go onto Taylors Mistake beach in summer months.
  • The area is very exposed. Take appropriate clothing for all weathers.



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