Godley Head & Lyttleton Walking Tour

Godley Head is an exciting and wild place at the far end of the Port Hills overlooking Lyttleton Harbour and Christchurch. On this unforgettable day tour, you can expect uninterrupted and spectacular views of Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch and beyond. The whole area is rich in history and scattered with remnants of New Zealand’s WW2 defences. This is a must-do location for anyone visiting Christchurch, Join us and explore this unique and unforgettable area with one of our friendly local guides.

Godley Head Tour highlights

  • Visit Lyttelton Port.
  • Stroll through Taylors Mistake Beach
  • Watch surfers from Sumner Beach.
  • Visit a White Flippered Penguin colony.
  • Explore Godley Head’s WW2 defences.
  • Capture the stunning coastal scenery.
  • Local tour guide.
  • A/C Transport.
  • Small-group tour.


Getting there – A Scenic Drive

Driving east from Christchurch City, we pass through local suburbs and industrial areas before heading through New Zealand’s 2nd longest road tunnel to Lyttelton. Also known as “the gateway to Christchurch,” this charming and historic port township is the South Islands’ largest port. You will have time to have a look around this quirky little town before we drive up the newly restored Gebbies Pass road. A scenic lookout at the top of the pass gives impressive views of Lyttelton Harbour and the coastal suburb of Sumner, where we stop for morning tea.  A short drive from Sumner is a beach called Taylors Mistake, one of Christchurch’s hidden gems. Our walk starts and finishes at Taylor’s Mistake.

Walking Tour – Godley Head / Awaroa

Leaving Taylors Mistake beach, we head east on a well-established walking track that follows the rugged coastline above massive sea cliffs. If you’re lucky you might even spot a pod of dolphins or a rare White Flippered Pengwin along the coast. A bit further along are the charming historical batches (small beach houses) nestled into the rocks at Boulder Bay. Godley head is a short steep walk up from Boulder Bay and a lovely spot for our picnic lunch. Scattered with WW2 remnants, including bunkers, gun emplacements, and old military buildings, it’s a fascinating and very scenic place for a few photos and a picnic lunch.

Godley Head / Awaroa Walking Tour continued

After lunch, you will have some free time to explore the local area and visit some of the old buildings and  WW2 defences. As the track departs Godley Head, there is an excellent photo opportunity at observation battery no. 2. Leaving the Godley Head WW2 relics behind, we continue west along the tracks that overlook Lyttelton Harbour & Quail Island. It’s a relatively quick descent back down to the beach at Taylor’s Mistake and our awaiting vehicle. On the drive back into Christchurch city, we take an alternative route passing through the coastal suburbs of  Sumner village & Redcliffs.

Godley Head Tour FAQ’S

What time does the Godley Head tour start?

We will collect you between 8:45-9-30 am from your accommodation or one of the meeting points listed below.

What time does the Godley Head tour end? 

We aim to be back in Christchurch between 4:30-5:00 pm.

Is lunch included?

Yes, included in this tour is morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

Is transport included?

Yes, transport is included in this tour.

Is the trip family-friendly?

Yes, this is a family-friendly trip; however, we recommend family groups book a private guide.

How challenging is the walk?

The walk is approx. 8 km (4.9 Mi) on well-formed tracks and takes most groups 3-4 hrs of walking.

Are their minimum numbers?

The minimum group size for this trip is two people.

What is the maximum group size?

The maximum group size for this trip is eleven people.

How far in advance do I need to book?

Bookings must be completed by the day before; however, we recommend booking at least 48hrs in advance.

Where are the meeting points?

Directly from your hotel- any accommodation within 3.5 km of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps Princess Margarate Hospital meeting location (free all-day parking) – See on Google maps Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

1 Day  |  $349 pp

Pick-up Time

9:00-9:30 am 

Finsih Time






Shore Excursion friendly?

Yes, we are happy to pick-up cruise ship passengers from Lyttleton Port.


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