Taylors Mistake Walkway

Taylors Mistake Walkway

Godley Head


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Time: 3 hr round trip

From the car park at Godley Head the walkway goes up the hill and stays above Breeze Bay. At the saddle the track crosses the Summit Road and from here much of the city is recognisable, including the Heathcote and Avon estuaries and New Brighton Beach.

The walkway joins the Taylors Mistake to Boulder Bay route, “Pilgrims Way”, along which it is easy to see cave dwellings. Please note: Part of this track is precipitous and care should be taken.

From Boulder Bay the track climbs back up to the woolshed and car park.


Feature Value Info


DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Walking
  • Free


Sam's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Best place to for a stroll through. It was my first time and definitely of my favourite walks, will be back again

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning views and a fantastic place for a walk, run or cycle. Easy access for campervans, free parking and drop loos available. We had a picnic at the top, but it was a little too windy. Don’t waste your time and money on the Gondola, you have the same (if not better) views here! And there is so much to explore. Lots of old military bunkers etc. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Becky Fox


Ranking: 9/10

Cliff top walk from Taylors Mistake, amazing view of Christchurch, blue sea and we saw dolphins! Bit chilly in some parts.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Bram Hoonhout


Ranking: 8/10

Starting from the Sumner Clock Tower, we have some trouble finding the start (tip: photograph the route overview), but afterwards the walk was very rewarding. Great ocean views from the cliffs. We walked until the beach and had to return afterwards for lack of time.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Peter Passlack


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely walk around the Godley Head. Amazing scenery.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Sandrine's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Very easy and lovely walk. I recommend it for all ages. It is a walk to do especially at the blooming season.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Helen Buxton

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Walk from Taylor's Mistake to Boulder Bay and gun emplacements Godley Head. Walks open again after earthquake repairs, Free.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Jess Mill

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

About as hours walk each way with a well maintained track along the cliff edges round the headlands on backs peninsula. Great sea views + ends up at the old WWII gun mounts.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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