Experience a fascinating full or half-day exploring Quail Island
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!
All prices are shown in NZD ($)
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