Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite
Located in Awaroa/Godley Head and Christchurch area in the Canterbury region
IntroductionCamp in the middle of a WWII defence battery site with great ocean views and a range of scenic walks.
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Toilets - flush
- Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
- Wheelchair accessible with assistance
- Bird and wildlife watching
- Mountain biking
- Walking and tramping
Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
- Caretaker on-site
- Mobile coverage
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
This campsite is temporarily closed.
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.
When you arrive at Awaroa/Godley Head the entrance to the campground is gated, with a combination code. You will be emailed the gate lock code with a valid booking prior to your arrival. Bookings must be made before 8 pm of the evening your arrival.
The area can be accessed from Lyttelton via Tapuwaeharuru/Evans Pass and the Summit Road to Godley Head.
The sealed road is narrow, has sharp corners and steep drops off the sides. Drive with care.
The Summit Road to Awaroa/Godley Head is popular with cyclists. Keep left, reduce speed and keep a lookout for oncoming cyclists.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1584125, N5173810
Latitude: -43.5885043, Longitude: 172.8044701
- 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.
- Treefall risk – we advise that camping under trees in windy/stormy conditions is not advised due to the risk of a tree/branch fall.
All drone use must be authorised by DOC
You must have a permit to fly a drone on public conservation land.
Explore the WWII coastal defence battery site. Good intepretation tells the story of the area.
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
Awaroa/Godley Head Loop Track passes through the campsite. It provide options for a walk around the coast or around the headland.
Stay at the Lighthouse Cottage
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.
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