Godley Head Campsite

Image: DOC


Camp in the middle of a WWII defence battery site with great ocean views and a range of scenic walks.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
25 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite


  • Caretaker on-site
  • Mobile coverage

Getting there

From the suburb of Sumner in Christchurch, follow Wakefield Ave which later becomes Evans Pass Road for 3.5 km. Turn left onto the Summit Road and follow the winding, sealed road for 6.5 km.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1584125, N5173810
Latitude: -43.5885043, Longitude: 172.8044701


  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Book Godley Head Campsite online, or contact the visitor centre.

Before you book, read the booking terms and conditions

If you have not received your confirmation letter by email within an hour of booking - contact the DOC Christchurch Visitor Centre on +64 3 379 4082 seven days 9.00 am - 4.45 pm. Your confirmation letter contains the gate code which you will need for entry to the campsite.


Heritage sightseeing

Explore the WWII coastal defence battery site. Good intepretation tells the story of the area.

Mountain biking

From the carpark at the entrance to the Military Compound, there is a mountain bike track that travels below the main road to the Breeze Col car park. From there, the shared use Anaconda Track descends steeply to Taylors Mistake beach.

Swimming and surfing

Nearby Taylors Mistake beach is a popular swimming and surfing spot.

Walking and tramping

Taylors Mistake - Godley Head Walk passes through the campsite. It provide options for a walk around the coast or around the headland.

In the area

The campsite is about 50 minutes drive from the centre of Christchurch, and is close to the seaside suburb of Sumner with pleasant beaches and cafes. 

Know before you go

  • The campsite is exposed to wind and bad weather.
  • The sealed road is narrow, has sharp corners and steep drops off the sides. Drive with care.
  • The Summit Road to Godley Head is popular with cyclists. Keep left, reduce speed and keep an lookout for oncoming cyclists.
  • There is no access to Godley Head from Lyttelton.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
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