Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite

Awaroa/Godley Head Campsite



8 Rankers Reviews

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115 Basic Camping

28 Christchurch




Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburyChristchurch


  • Basic Camping



  • Non Powered/Tent Sites

    25 sites available.

    Adult $13/day
    Child $6.50/day
    Infant $0/day


Keith & Kay Finlayson's avatar

Keith & Kay Finlayson

Ranking: 10/10

The view from Godley Head is amazing. The campsite is quite plain but the toilet facilities were neat and tidy. We were the only occupants though so it might be a bit busy in peak season. It cost $15 per adult and an early booking is a must because you need a code for the gate and it takes awhile for DOC to get that to you.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Kelly Linn

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful camping spot! Hardly anyone around. Amazing sunset and sunrise. So close to Christchurch! We loved this spot. Getting in the gate was difficult, code didn’t come in for 5 hours after we booked online (it said it was supposed to within an hour) the lovely DPC worker on site let us in the gate when we got a hold of her. But don’t expect to show up and get in immediately!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Decent site, top of the hill, lovely views to Lyttleton and Sumner

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Grizzly Girl

Ranking: 8/10

Overall nice location close to Christchurch. The road coming in was not bad even in inclement weather. Drinking water present. 8/10 for this DOC campsite due to relative expense for what you get, difficulty with gate access, and only one bathroom working.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Clobby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great drive to the site, simple DOC operation, book online and receive the gate code. Find a pitch, choose carefully for the best views, go for a walk and just enjoy, perfect arrangement for us.
Basic but clean toilets as well and peaceful nights sleep.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Martin Sluka


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful view, not too overcrowded, toilet available and relatively clean, very quiet.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sanne Heil

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this unique spot! You’re right at the edge of the cliffs and we had a great ocean view. The camp site used to be a military base in WWII and you can still see those buildings. The DOC ranger is really kind and mows the grass. However, the toilets were a bit smelly and could use some regular cleaning. There are two drinking water spots and plenty of picnic tables!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Joanne McDonnell

Ranking: 9/10

Arriving at Godley Head Campsite after a steep, winding road, we found only a couple of neighbours for the weekend.
There is plenty of space (we are in a 7m converted bus) and it appears that even if the site was fully booked there would still be enough space and picnic tables.
The views are fantastic and there are a number of walking and cycling paths back down the hill. A lot of day hikers pass through the camp ground and there is a car park before the locked gate into the campsite.
There are clean and good quality toilets available for use. There is a groundskeeper on site who keep the campsite tidy and mows the grass.
* You must book this site to get a code for the gate's padlock. Don't just turn up and hope!
I didn't give the site a 10/10 due to not having any other facilities. It is a beautiful spot and I would recommend a stay here.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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