Views of a shaky past from above

This tour is a great day trip for groups, families, people with a few hours to spare or those just looking to embrace the dynamic history of Christchurch. You will get to see some of the dramatic after-effects of multiple earthquakes and how the city has raised from the ashes to become recognised globally as an architectural powerhouse.

  • Get a local’s knowledge of the best Christchurch hotspots.
  • Head out on a city tour with focus on earthquake history and rebuilds.
  • A beautiful drive winding up the Port Hills overlooking a stunning 360-degree view of the city, mountains and ocean.
  • An easy, rewarding hike at Godley Head, overlooking multiple bays
  • Round off with more history on our only WW2 barracks and an abandoned defence fort.

One person from *

$210 NZD

* Save up to $111 NZD by bringing 4 friends

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Jill is offering addons for this adventure to enhance your experience.

Book A Lensman

Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience through ridiculously stunning images. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while someone else captures those moment of you, your family/mates and the views. Professionally shot, mastered and shared.


Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.


Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.


Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.


Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

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Godley Head Christchurch New Zealand Tour

Godley Head & Earthquake Tour

Jill McCaw Bushman Tours Canterbury Tour guide History & Local Culture with Jill
No. of Adventurers Price Per Person Total Cost
1 $210 NZD $210 NZD
2 $130 NZD $260 NZD
3 $115 NZD $345 NZD
4 $99 NZD $396 NZD

Prices are excluding GST and will be calculated at checkout.


1 day


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Who's taking me on this adventure?


I'm a 50-something woman enjoying a second teenagehood. I'm a glider pilot who's discovered the spiritual bond I feel in the air extends to the earth and the bush. I'm a writer by profession, a storyteller by inclination, and I have a wide knowledge of the New Zealand bush, its trees, birds, insects, the earth below it and the sky above. People who come hiking with me will feel welcome in the wilderness. I'll share the stories of the place and help you see the small things that you may not know to even look for. We'll take our time. Hiking with me is about being in the here and now, looking, listening, smelling and connecting to the land. I am not about rushing to make it to the end, just to tick a journey off the list. I'll tell you my stories but I also want to hear yours. This is your journey, your trip and I want to make it the best experience you can have.

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All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!


  • 750ml Water Bottle

    750ML Water Bottle

  • Day Pack

    Day Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Recreational Footwear

    Recreational Footwear

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle



  • Cutlery and Cup

    Cutlery & cup

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit


There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Photographs of Your Adventure

    Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while someone else captures stunning photographs of you, your family and the views.

    + $120 NZD

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    We provide insurance options for if the worst happens

Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • Is this suitable for families with young children?

    Certainly! Christchurch is a special city and has much on offer for young and old. Children should be under close supervision while we walk the Godley Head trail, but the track is easy going and has plenty of interesting sights like the defence battery to keep everyone entertained, not to mention some great farm life and local knowledge from myself.

  • Is the Earthquake Tour customizable?

    While I’ve led Earthquake Tours for several years and know the best local spots, I understand that being in a foreign city is always exciting and there is much to see and choose from. Contact me through the chat function once you’ve booked and we can plan our day and stop at special sights you’d like to visit!

  • Do I need hiking boots for Godley Head?

    Please bring either hiking boots or trainers with grip, as the track can get a bit muddy and includes some uphill sections. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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