Overlooking Godley Head at entrance to Lyttleton Harbour
This headland is a breathtaking coastal location, with sheer 120 metre-high cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean.
Built in 1939, the Godley Head WWII coastal defence battery is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.
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In addition to one of the most complete coastal defence sites in the country, Godley Head provides panoramic views and the chance to observe white-flippered penguin/korora.
Godley Head has both purpose-built and dual use mountain bike tracks. You can also explore the tunnels and other historic features on foot.
There is no accommodation or camping at Godley Head.
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Built in 1939, the Godley Head coastal defence battery is ranked as one of the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.
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