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Quail Island

| Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4082
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Great day trip

Loved this little island, so close to the city (20 minute boat I think) yet feels a million miles... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
Well worth it for a day on an island so close to the city

Quail Island is one of those places that doesn't promote itself so it's never crowded. Those that... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“quail” (6 reviews)
“leper colony” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4082
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Loved this little island, so close to the city (20 minute boat I think) yet feels a million miles away! Beautiful scenery and beaches and some historic bits such as the old leper colony.

Thank HellieNZ
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Quail Island is one of those places that doesn't promote itself so it's never crowded. Those that visit will return. You get there by boat and there is a scheduled service from Lyttelton. It's a short ride and the harbour is relatively sheltered so it...More

Thank blueduck49
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We took the ferry from lyttleton(chch) to quail island-15minute harbour trip.took one and half hr to walk around the old quarentine station,viewing landmarks and learning about the islands history.the children found this FUN and INTERESTING(11 AND7years) its a easy walk-need jackets -windy at times-need food...More

Thank G8824JBisabelc
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I haven't been for years but I enjoyed it. Again, it is steeped in local history so is for locals rather than tourists. Now I have found out more about its history, I would love to visit again, but am rather put off by the...More

Thank CaptainCompass
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Had a Fantastic time going to the island, for young children it was an adventure from start to finish! A short ferry trip to the island and then with a walk around the island to explore or head to the swimming beach. The walk around...More

1  Thank Chris L
Reviewed 15 December 2016

We had a great boat ridebto the island...the guide pointed out the nz dolphins which are quite different to those in australia, and there was a seal playing in the waves with the dolphin a real treat to see. He also pointed out a rare...More

Thank millsy123
Reviewed 1 October 2016

i love it i can take my kids out over the water a great experience its awsome! Were defently going to go again!

Thank Isabella S
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Sitting in the middle of Lyttelton Harbour this island boasts a lot of history. In the 19th century it was used as a leper colony, the inhabitants being responsible for road construction etc. It was later used to house Captain Robert Falcon Scott's huskies before...More

Thank daer1
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Very beautiful island that is not populated at all but has oodles of historic flavour if you can get out to the island its lovely for a day picnic

Thank David D
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We went as a group in winter. Only one ferry trip, in each direction. Wood Pigeons have migrated onto the island

Thank Gretchen B
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Brian H
When do the ferries run to Quail Island and what does it cost? Does the ferry eun all year round?
9 April 2017|
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Response from Chris L | Reviewed this property |
Blackcat ferries are the company that take you across. Check their website for latest schedules.