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Address: Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch 8012, New Zealand
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+64 3-328 8368

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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 away! Beautiful scenery and beaches and some historic bits such as the old leper... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 doesn't get rough. On the island itself there are historic buildings from Scott's Antarctic expedition,... More 

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Thank blueduck49
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and drinks.nothing on the island.a good family outing.

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Christ Church Parish, Barbados
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 ferry price. (Is it still $30?)

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Thank CaptainCompass
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67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the island was brilliant with 360 views which were wonderful. The walk isn't very hard... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 eagle on the cliffs and the wonderful coloured cliffs as u approach. Funny on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Isabella S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 he set off for the South Pole. On my last visit the remnants of the... More 

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Thank daer1
New Zealand
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank David D
Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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