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Quail Island

Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 328 8368
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Ranked #30 of 129 attractions in Christchurch
Type: Islands
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Christchurch
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

experience well worth t the walk is great and the beach sheltered take all your food and water as no shops there take a ball and a bat loads of fun

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A launch from Lyttelton and QI is a great place for a picnic, wander or day away from the city for the kids on a holiday trip. Right in the middle of Lyttelton Harbour, so reeking with history (for those interested) ... quarantine station, leper colony, and so on. Not dissimlar to Wellington's Soames Island (but without the tuataras).

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

it was rugged beauty and windswept loneliness that struck me the day I visited . lots of wildlife on their and very informative guide

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