Godley Head defence site
Image: Shellie Evans | ©
Located in the Canterbury region
The Tunnel Track, some buildings and the gun emplacements are closed due to damage from the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
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.
Visit historic sites:
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.
The area can be accessed from Lyttelton via Evans Pass and the Summit Road to Godley Head.
The Summit Road to Godley Head is sealed but narrow, with sharp corners and steep drops. The road is also popular with cyclists so take care.