A special Adventure at Godley Head

The Garden City of New Zealand is full of fantastic views. When the sun is out, it’s just one of the most stunning places to spend your day, week or life! If you’re here and have a few spare days, make one of them the chance to go and visit our iconic surrounding hills, the Port Hills. As stunning as they are, few of our visitors know the history and the dramatic creation of these hills and how they affect our city. 

Join me on a day of adventure and explorations as we travel through Christchurch City and up into the hills. This trip is for perfect for:

  • Families needing an exciting and rewarding day out into the hills.
  • Those new to the hiking world or needing something steady and manageable.
  • If you’re looking for stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean, the Lyttelton bays and Christchurch City.
  • Want to spend some time with a Cantabrian local and get all the best, local knowledge.

Starting in a sleepy, beachside suburb of Christchurch, the track sidles across the Port Hills and combines panoramic views with historic WW2 remains and cute Kiwi baches that may inspire you to relocate… This happens over an ancient lava flow you’d likely miss if you didn’t have a local pointing it out.

I’m a born and bred Cantabrian and can tell you everything you need to know about our unique Garden City, including our local flora and fauna. I’m nuts about getting outdoors and I am really excited to show you my hometown. Once we’ve finished our walk, there is also the opportunity to join me on a drive across the Banks Peninsula, taking in stunning views of Christchurch and Lyttelton as the sun begins to lower over our staunch and beautiful city.

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Banks Peninsula Drive

If you’d like to opt for a drive into the hills to find some stunning spots for photos, I know the best places including a public farm that has the most stunning views (see photos).

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.

Summary
Christchurch Walking Tours

Extinct Christchurch Volcano

Bushman Jackie Hiking with Jackie

Duration

1-4 hours

Distance

10km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 850m

Difficulty

Charities

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Who's taking me on this adventure?

Jackie

I’m an absolute outdoors nut that is always up for a challenge. I love NZ and love showing and teaching others about our beautiful homeland even more. If I’m not paddling, pedalling or running you will find me hiking in the mountains. As a born and bred Kiwi I love everything to do with this beautiful place. I truly believe it is one of the best places on earth and there is no better way to see it than by getting out and exploring. I have a passion for teaching others about the outdoors and love to see people thriving in the NZ wilderness. I have a creative streak so you may even get to experience some outdoor crafts on your journey, or some fresh baked goods.

Experience

  • Peak Safety 2-day Outdoor First Aid
  • Full time professional tour guide throughout New Zealand
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Gear

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!

Required

  • 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

  • Top Base Layer

    Top Base layer

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

Extras

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.

  • Banks Peninsula Drive

    If you're looking to experience more of the beautiful surroundings of the Port Hills, then we will add this drive after our walk for some incredible photo opportunities.

    + $25 NZD

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 good for the elderly?

    Certainly. If you're wanting something steady that has safe, well-maintained tracks, this is for you. The views are perfect the whole way round and there is plenty of space for other people to get passed if they need.

  • What happens if the weather is bad?

    The Port Hills tend to make their own weather system from time to time. When it's clear down the bottom, the hills can be covered in clouds. The best thing is to wait it out as they usually clear. There are other options and other hills we could look at if it's too bad - but we will work this out on the days leading up to the trip.

  • Is there good wildlife spotting up there?

    Yes, you can multiple farms around the hills usually packed full of sheep. You can also see right out into the ocean and on occasion, dolphins, seals and humpback whales can be spotted. I'll help show you what to look for. You will also have a good view of the seabirds here.

FAQs

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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