Canterbury region

Quail Island, Lyttelton Harbour.

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, 963K).


Ōtamahua/Quail Island lies within Lyttelton Harbour/Te Whakaraupō, Christchurch.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Canterbury places


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Botanic Gardens Information Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Armagh Street Carpark
Christchurch 8013
Full office details

Ōtamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust
Ian McLennan
Phone: +64 3 384 5338