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Lyttelton - Quail Island Escape - Half or Full Day

Experience a fascinating full or half-day exploring Quail Island

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Quail Island at your own pace!
  • Choose between a half or full-day experience.
  • Great activity for the whole family!

Enjoy a day at Quail Island by taking our Quail Island Ferry, it’s easily accessible - only 10 minutes from Lyttelton!

Named after the now extinct native Quail bird (koreke), the island was originally used as a quarantine station and as a small leprosy colony by the early European settles. At the same time as the lepers were confined to their one small bay, Antarctic explorers, Scott and Shackleton took advantage of the island to train their sled dogs and ponies before setting off on their ill-fated voyages.

Today the island is a nature reserve and the focus is on restoring native vegetation. The island is home to many native flora and fauna as well as native birds including the fantail, kingfisher, and many sea birds including the rare white flippered little blue penguins. There is a stunning loop track offering magnificent views of Lyttelton harbour, the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula.

Walks: There are 2 walkways available, one offers a walk of the circumference of the island and takes around 2-3 hours to complete and a shorter one hour option which also takes in a view of the shipwrecks, leprosy graves and the kennels used for Scott’s quarantined dogs.

Explore this awesome island escape, perfect for the whole family!

Adult $30.00
Child $15.00 (5-15 years old)
Pre-School $0.00 (Under 5 years old)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • We are located at B Jetty, Lyttelton Harbour.

    At the end of the Lyttelton tunnel turn left onto Norwich Quay. The 2nd turning to the right is the Oxford Street overbridge, you will need to park on Norwich Quay and walk over the bridge. Follow the footprints on the pavement and signs to Black Cat ferries and Quail Island.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Please Note:

  • There is reasonable cell phone coverage on the island and an emergency phone is available.
  • Toilet Facilities: these are available and are situated near the beach/picnic area.
  • A warm jacket and appropriate footwear is recommended, along with swimwear and towel for the swimming beach.
  • No Bikes or Dogs allowed.
  • BBQ facilities available: you will have to supply your own equipment.
  • Prams or buggy's are allowed on this experience.
  • There are no shops on the island but you can purchase snacks and drinks on the ferry.
  • Half day option dependant on time of year.

Available Bookings from December 01 to December 07

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 1 Dec
Wed 2 Dec
Thu 3 Dec
Fri 4 Dec
Sat 5 Dec
Sun 6 Dec
Mon 7 Dec

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$15.00
  • Child$7.50
  • Pre-School$0.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Kylie Marshall from New Zealand wrote on 28 November 2020

Great day trip

The ferry crew were prompt and friendly. We had a great day out on the island despite it not being the best weather. The walk around the island is very family friendly.

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Trang from New Zealand wrote on 25 November 2020

Nice trip

Beautoful landscape

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Spenbob from New Zealand wrote on 22 November 2020

Great day out

Friendly staff, nice ferry experience and nice half day on the island walking and chillin on the beach.

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annam23 from New Zealand wrote on 15 November 2020

Quail Island summit

Really great trip, would recommend walking to the summit for 360 views.

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ayreea from New Zealand wrote on 14 November 2020

Quail Island

Such a great experience with family or friends. While on the ferry, the views were fascinating and such a great adventure when we were in Quail Island. The staff were so nice and bubbly. Would love to do this again.

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