Urumau Reserve is located on the prominent lava flow ridge that borders Lyttelton township to the east. This section of the Crater Rim connects Godley Head to the Urumau Reserve track junction to form part of the Head to Head Walkway.
Status: Existing track, open and standard track marking.
Start: Godley Head car park - Crater Rim Track junction.
Finish: Urumau Reserve Track junction.
Time: 2 hours 30 min one way.
Dogs: On a leash.
Toilets: Located in the Godley Head car park.
Godley Head is a fantastic starting point for the Head to Head Walkway; on a clear day this exposed headland on top of sheer 120-metre high cliffs offers views across the harbour to Banks Peninsula. This WWII coastal defence battery site was built in 1939, and is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.
The Tunnel Track, some buildings and the gun emplacements are closed due to damage from the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Check the DOC website for status updates. Allow 20 minutes here to explore the buildings that remain open.
Crater Rim Track
From Godley Head car park pick up the Crater Rim Track on the Lyttelton side of the headland. The track climbs then sidles around under some steep bluffs above Breeze Bay before climbing again to wind its way above the cliffs to Livingston Col. Walk along the ridge with great views either side before dropping down beside a stock fence for about 1 km to meet the Summit Road at a cattle stop just above Evans Pass.
Walk down the Summit Road (looking out for traffic), crossing Evans Pass to pick up the Crater Rim again off Summit Road about 50 metres down-hill.
The track passes through Buckleys Bay Scenic Reserve before reaching the junction with Urumau Reserve Track (currently not signposted).
If you hit Chalmers Track you have missed this junction.