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).
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