Quail Island, Lyttelton Harbour.
Ōtamahua/Quail Island is an inner harbour island, reached via a short ferry ride from Christchurch. It is Canterbury’s largest island but is easily explored in a day.
View the Ōtamahua/Quail Island brochure (PDF, 750K).
Swimmers Beach and Skiers Beach are closed to the public. Several large trees on Quail Island have been deemed dangerous and are awaiting clearance from contractors.
Ōtamahua/Quail Island is rich in history and culture. The Ōtamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust and DOC are working to remove pests, revegetate and eventually re-introduce native wildlife on the island.
The Ōtamahua/Quail Island Track gives you access to swimming and water-skiing beaches, historic sites and a bird-watching barricade. You can also volunteer for autumn and spring tree planting days.
There are no places to stay on the island.
Find out how to get to Ōtamahua/Quail Island and how to look after yourself and the island while you're there.
Ōtumahua or Quail Island, sits like a jewel, safely tucked away in Lyttleton Harbour. Watch this video to discover how the community are protecting the wildlife there.
Ōtumahua or Quail Island is a short ferry ride from Lyttelton. It's colourful history includes some special stories of our most important Antarctic explorers.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Ōtamahua/Quail Island Recreation Reserve.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Canterbury places
Ōtamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration TrustIan McLennanPhone: +64 3 384 5338Email: email@example.com