Godley Glacier Lake
11th August 2011

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Godley Glacier Lake
Lat: 43'27'27.29S Long: 170'31'30.23E Elevation 1043M

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Godley Glacier Lake

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Godley Glacier, Whataroa, Westland
Glaciers cover 40% of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
The Godley Glacier is below Cumine Peak, the glacier is popular among ski-touring parties.
Godley Lake is at the head of the Godley River that flows into Lake Tekapo.


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Above: Godley Glacier Lake is the top of the 3 big lakes shown in the middle of the map
Below: Top Centre right is Godley Lake, as you can see these glacier Lakes fed into Lake Tekapo, bottom of the picture in the middle.

Driving Instructions from Christchurch to Tekapo and
Access information for the Godley Glacier Lake
Head South from Christchurch toward Ashburton
Pass Ashburton then turn right on to the Rangitata Orari Bridge Highway (79)
Follow the Signposts to Fairlie take a right turn at Fairly onto the Fairly Tekapo Road
Turn right just before Tekapo down Lilybank Road.
Godley Lake is at the head of the Godley River that flows into Lake Tekapo.
Access requires a well set up 4WD.
The road to the Macaulay River is straightforward, but the Macaulay can be hairy if even slightly in flood. Then the route heads out onto the braided Godley River bed where the track is often washed out. It crosses several tributary outwash fans. Its an interminably bumpy drive with huge boulders to negotiate. There is no car park, one just drives as far as you dare, then walk for maybe an hour to the frigid Godley Hut then walk another 20 mins to the lake.
Recommended equipment: crampons, ice axe, sleeping bag and cooking gear (this is not a one-day return trip).
Thanks to Alan Knowles for the detailed access instructions
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