Awaroa/Godley Head

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

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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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: