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Address: Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 328 8368

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Nature, History and Fun.

10:20am the Black Cat cruises ferry left for Quail Island and arrived about 10 minutes later. The staff on the ferry were friendly and handed out free maps of the island and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
Eugene S

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

10:20am the Black Cat cruises ferry left for Quail Island and arrived about 10 minutes later. The staff on the ferry were friendly and handed out free maps of the island and little activity books and pencils for the kids. On arrival, we took on the 2.5 hour walk, which my 6/9/11 year olds handled with ease, probably because there... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

What a great place to enjoy a relaxing day. A short trip on a ferry to the island that its yours to enjoy. Whether you want to walk around the island (about 2.5 hours) or sit, relax and watch the world go by. Swimmers beach is a nice place to park up and have a picnic and watch boats pass... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you enjoy learning a little of the history of the ice explorers, then visit Quail Island. Great for a day trip on the ferry from Lyttelton - don't forget to take your own water, snacks and/or lunch. A short walk (under an hour) takes you around the island, ship wreck with fabulous views of the banks peninsula. There's snippets... More 

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Christchurch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had a great days walking and finding out about early history. The tracks were mowed and relatively easy. There are two loo's one at swimmers beach and the other at the visitor centre. It's a pity you can't take bike as it would great fun.On a hot day the beach would be great and with gas a BBQ it... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Great trip whether a family or other. Not great for pushing buggies but if you are fit and don't mind pushing these up hill you will be fine. A short boat trip catching the boat from Lyttelton Harbour about 10 minutes, not to pricey. You can spend a day exploring the ship wrecks, relaxing at the beach or just walking.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Time travel isn’t only possible in novels and science fiction. The short ferry trip to Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour is much like being transported into another world - one infused with peace and tranquility, and steeped in history. Quail Island, also known as Otamahua (the place where children gather eggs), is an 81-hectare inner-harbour island and recreational reserve -... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Never changed since the 70's except the toilets have been upgraded. Great place when the tide is in and still a fav place with Cantabrians

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

quail island has really good walk around the whole island takes two hours, i did part of walk to quail the with family and they had good pinic area to eat at

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Travel to Quail Island is by boat from Lyttelton Harbour. The harbour is formed from an extinct volcano and the scenery is beautiful. On reaching Quail Island it is possible to walk around the island by a well formed pathway. You can enjoy the vistas from many points and it is great to picnic en route. This makes a perfect... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

What a gorgeous day out! The island boasts remarkable views, especially from the viewing point that magically appears in the middle of the island. I say "magically appears" because there is no sign leading you to it or indicating that you are at the highest point in the island where you can enjoy the most amazing 360 degree panoramic view... More 

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Address: Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 328 8368
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch

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