This track offers spectacular and panoramic views of Lyttelton Harbour and the eastern coastal line.
From the Taylors Mistake carpark turn right and make your way behind the beach to the start of the Pilgrims Way Coastal Track. Climbing above the sea, the track offers views of places where old cave dwellings were built into the hillside, as well as views down to the rocks and sea below.
Passing Boulder Bay and giving access to two of the first gun platforms, the track climbs up to the headland and the historic Godley Head coastal defence battery.
Here there are dramatic views including views:
- of Christchurch
- of the coastline heading north to the distant Kaikoura ranges
- south east towards the headlands of numerous Banks Peninsula bays from this vantage point.
The gun emplacements have interpretative graffiti which celebrates the role of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp in running the place during WWII. It also has a lighted underground magazine to explore, as well as interpretation panels telling the history of the site.
From here the Godley Head Gun Emplacements Track carries on around the nose of the headland, past the historic military buildings. This area includes the Battery Observation posts located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. It ends at the public carpark at Godley Head. There are toilets here.
From the carpark, the track climbs high above Breeze Bay. From here there are views of Lyttelton Harbour and Banks Peninsula. The track then drops back down to Breeze Col.
From Breeze Col follow the Black Rock track down for 20 minutes to the Pilgrims Way Coastal Track. Turn left there to walk back to Taylors Mistake Beach and carpark.
You can stay overnight at the Godley Head Campsite.
Detour to Scott's Cabin
Easily accessed from the historic military compound on Godley Head, you can take the short easy walk to visit the historic Scott's Cabin.
From the centre of Christchurch, it's a 30 minute drive to the coastal suburb of Sumner. From Sumner, it's another 10 minute drive over the hill to Taylors Mistake.
You can also start the track from the carpark at the Godley Head end of the Summit Road.
- There are steep, unfenced cliffs – stay on the formed track and keep children under close supervision at all times.
- Toilets are available at Godley Head carpark and at Taylors Mistake.
- Livestock graze in this area. Give livestock space and shut gates behind you.
- The sealed road to this track 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 a lookout for oncoming cyclists.