Canterbury region

Overlooking Godley Head at entrance to Lyttleton Harbour. Photo: Rob Suisted, Nature

Overlooking Godley Head at entrance to Lyttleton Harbour

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Canterbury region.

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.

Alert/Important notice

 Some closures apply

  • Most of the tracks in this area are now open
  • The Tunnel Track is still closed
  • Some buildings and the gun emplacements are closed due to earthquake damage
  • There are precipitous unfenced cliffs near the Godley Head Walkway and care should be taken


The headland guards the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch and is only 50 minutes drive from The Square.

Find out more


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Canterbury places


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Armagh Street Carpark
Christchurch 8013
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