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DOC is opening a new campsite at Awaroa/Godley Head, near Christchurch, this weekend.

Date:  28 September 2016

Godley Head Campsite.
Godley Head Campsite

This weekend Christchurch is to get a new Department of Conservation (DOC) campsite at historic Awaroa/Godley Head—just 30 minutes from the city centre. 

Nestled amongst World War II defence buildings, the campsite officially opens on Saturday 1 October 2016, with bookings already available through DOC’s website. 

“This campsite provides family-friendly, affordable camping close to Christchurch,” says Andy Thompson, DOC’s Christchurch-based Operations Manager. 

“Ranked as one of the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites, Godley Head also offers stunning coastal views, fantastic walking and mountain biking and, as it’s part of the national Toyota Kiwi Guardians network, the chance for kids to earn themselves a medal while they explore the area.” 

The opening of the campsite is one of several initiatives by DOC to build on Banks Peninsula’s growing appeal as a recreation destination. 

“We really want to see locals and visitors make the most of the fantastic natural and cultural heritage on the city’s doorstep,” says Andy Thompson. 

“Other projects we are working to progress include upgrading and opening Te Ara Pataka walking track from Gebbies Pass to Hilltop in late November and establishing overnight accommodation on Quail Island.” 

The campsite features 25 non-powered tent sites, parking for campervans, flush toilet facilities, running water and cell phone coverage and costs $13 per adult per night. Visitors are asked to take extra care using the road out to Awaroa/Godley Head.

For more information and to book online see Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite.

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