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Quail Island

Quail Island Review

Quail Island, in Lyttelton Harbour, was used by the early European settlers as a quarantine zone and leper colony and was named after the now-extinct native quail. It was once a significant area for collecting birds' eggs by local Māori. These days Quail Island, also known as Otamahua, is being restored as an ecological reserve, and is home to many native birds including kingfisher, fantail, silvereye (a small bird common in New Zealand), and various sea birds. The Black Cat ferry from Lyttelton can zip you out here for a hike or a picnic.

    Contact Information

  • Address: "B" Jetty, 17 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, 8082 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/328–9078
  • Cost: $NZ25
  • Hours: Oct.–Apr., daily 10:20 am return sailing at 3.30 pm; Dec.–Feb. daily at 10:20 am and 12:20 pm; return at 12:30 or 3:30 pm
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  • Location: Lyttelton
Updated: 02-26-2014

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