The headland is named for John Robert Godley.
Godley Head is the easternmost end of the Port Hills. It forms the northern boundary to the entrance of Lyttelton Harbour; the headland on the southern side of the harbour is called Adderley Head.
Walking access is via Pilgrims Way along the baches of Boulder Bay.
Since the late s, road access has been via the Summit Road. In the end, British civil engineer George Robert Stephenson was commissioned to give his recommendation based on survey plans. Stephenson discussed the option of a railway at sea level to be built along Godley Head and rejected this as "useless and unprofitable".
Instead, he recommended the "direct route", and this was built as the Lyttelton Rail Tunnel. Captain Thomas noted in his report that the location was ideal for a lighthouse.
In , the New Zealand army built a coastal defence site at Godley Head. There were soldiers stationed there at its peak.
Godley Head Walk 16/09/18
The coastal defence site closed in In October , DOC opened a simple campground with 25 sites for tents and camper vans on a months trial basis. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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