Governors Bay

Enjoy walks around these coastal villages and beachside suburbs.



From Lyttelton, follow Governors Bay Road for approximately 15 minutes.

For a more scenic route from Christchurch, take Dyers Pass Road over the Port Hills.

Metroinfo(external link) has up to date bus information. 


All walks and areas in Governors Bay have different rules regarding dogs depending on season or wildlife.

Check the individual walk pages or the dog bylaw map for more information.


There are public toilets in Governors Bay and Allandale.


Governors Bay is popular for walking, swimming and boating

There are a couple of cafes offering refreshments in the area and plenty of spots for picnicking. 

Be sure to check out the large number of heritage buildings in Governors Bay, including the Governors Bay Hotel(external link), Ohinetahi homestead and garden(external link), Governors Bay School(external link) and St Cuthberts Church(external link).

Natural environment

Large and enclosed, Governors Bay sits below a rugged and rocky section of the Crater Rim.

The area is characterised by reserves and farmland, exotic trees dominate the area between shoreline and lower slopes while the upper slopes are covered in extensive regenerating native shrubs. 

There are several smaller bays that make up Governors Bay, all of which have muddy tidal shores. A long jetty extends out into deeper water but this is currently closed due to earthquake damage.


Enjoy meandering around the coastline in Governors Bay on one of these popular walks:

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