Awaroa/Godley Head

Magnificent coastal views feature alongside military defence sites built during World War Two.

Parts of the Godley Head track including the gun emplacements, toilets and car park are temporarily closed. A marked pole route after Boulder Bay links to the car park road where it will re-join the Godley Head Loop Track.

Before you head out, please check for any changes to the track on the DOC website or contact the DOC Visitor Centre on 03 379 4082.



Godley Head is about a 45 minute drive from the city centre.

Drive to Sumner and take Evans Pass Road towards Taylors Mistake.

To reach the car park, turn onto Summit Road from Evans Pass and continue to the end of the road.


  • Taylors Mistake beach
  • Godley Head carpark


Dogs are allowed on the walkway but they must be on a lead.

Dogs are not permitted on the rest of Godley Head or off the walkway.

Summer dog prohibition is in effect at Taylors Mistake beach. Find out more.

More information

Godley Head is managed by the Department of Conservation.

Find out more(external link) about the history, environment, recreational opportunities and facilities.

Mountain biking

Godley Head has a number of excellent mountain bike tracks, some dedicated and others shared with walkers

Find a track that suits your skill level and interest:

Find more Port Hills mountain bike tracks.

Walking tracks

The tracks in the Godley Head area are justifiably popular.

Explore the walking tracks hidden in the dramatic headland and the hills above Sumner:

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