History and Culture
Quail Island is a small uninhabited island reached by a ferry ride from Lyttelton. Here you can pamper your love for wildlife, beaches and history with variety of wildlife and historical displays in this island.
When to visit:
january - december
00:00 - 23:59 Everyday
There is a danger of windfall or treefall in high or gusty wind conditions.
Quail Island is an uninhabited island, reached via a short ferry ride from Lyttelton. It's the largest island in Canterbury region and ideally explored in a day. The island is 81 hacter in area, with a high point of 86 metres.
It lies in the flooded crater of an extinct volcano - Te Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. One can explore variety of wildlife here, as well as can explore historic sites.
Intersting sites in the historic Barracks buiding at Whakamaru beach can be found, illustrating the cultual and natual history of the island. There are also interpretation panels along the Ōtamahua/Quail Island Loop Track for walkers to enjoy.