Godley Head’s Military Museum, Antarctic Hut and Boulder Bay Walk with Guides Richard Suggate and Dr. Bryan Storey from the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust, and Godley Head Heritage Trust Chair Peter Wilkins.
Enjoy one of the most popular day walks in the South Island, taking in a military tour, a visit to Scott’s Antarctic cabin and continuing on around the headland enjoying stunning views of Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura ranges.
Peter Wilkins, a former military man, historian and chair of the Godley Head Heritage Trust will lead a tour around the military museum that displays many original pieces of weaponry and technology dating back to World War II.
Built in 1939, the Godley Head coastal defence battery is ranked as one of the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites and is visited by 100,000 people a year. In its heyday, the fort was staffed by over 400 men and women and was a self-contained community featuring three gun emplacements, two searchlights, a plotting room and two radars.
Walk down to the gun emplacements, where concrete bunkers and network of tunnels were badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes but have now been restored, ensuring this important history is never forgotten.
Continue on to the Scott’s Antarctic cabin, a joint relocation and restoration project between the Crichton family and DOC, and hear all about it from retired director of Gateway Antarctica Bryan Storey.
Enjoying a break for lunch along the way as you walk around to Boulder Bay, then view the historic baches once you get there, some of which are over a century old. Looping back to the starting point, this walk is sure to be an informative, stunning and memorable day for everyone!
Duration: 5hrs, length 8kms
WALK - Partly formed track, some up and down.
Wear tramping boots or sturdy walking shoes. Bring lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen, weatherproof gear and hand sanitiser.
Covid 19 - All participants are required to carry their own hand sanitiser. If at Alert Level 2 please bring your own face mask to wear in any instance where appropriate social distancing may not be easily maintained (car pools etc). The Festival will be cancelled at Alert Level 3 & 4 and you will be issued a refund.
Please be aware that credit card fees apply.