The Godley Head Track in the Port Hills. © Trailsource Creative Commons

Taylors Mistake to Awaroa Godley Head Walk


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Explore Godley Head's fascinating history and get great views of Lyttelton on this walkway suitable for family groups.

About the walk

How long will it take? This is a three-hour return walk.

From the Taylors Mistake car park make your way behind the beach to the start of the Pilgrims Way Coastal Track.

Passing Boulder Bay, the track climbs up to the headland, passing the two first gun platforms to reach the Godley Battery Compound (currently closed due to earthquake damage).

The track offers views of places where old cave dwellings used to be built into the hillside.

From here the Godley Head Gun Emplacements Track carries on around the nose of the headland, past the historic military buildings including the Battery Observation posts located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. Good views of the city and coastline south can be seen from the headland. There are toilets at the car park at Godley Head.

From there the Breeze Col Loop Track climbs high above Breeze Bay, offering sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour and New Brighton, until it drops back down to meet the Anaconda Track at Breeze Col. 

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is possible from the Taylors Mistake car park up the Anaconda Track to Breeze Col. You can also mountain bike on the track below the Summit Road from Breeze Col to the Godley Head car park and toilets.  

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