Quail Island Day Trip
Friday 9th February 2018 – West and Stanmore Members ($15.00)
Please pay a $5.00 deposit by Friday the 2nd to secure your place.
Quail Island is an inner harbour island and is Canterbury’s largest island but is easily explored in a day. Easy graded walks make for enjoyable walking and the main beach is sheltered so great for swimming.
The island is steeped in history: In 1875 it was a quarantine station for new immigrants and in 1907 a small leprosy colony was established, housing several patients until 1925, when remaining “lepers” were sent to Fiji. It was the only leprosy colony in NZ. On the western side of the island is a “ships graveyard” where the remains of 8 shipwrecks can be spotted. Kennels used to quarantine the famous Antarctic Exporter Robert Scott’s dogs are also on the island.
The Ferry leaves from Lyttelton at 10.20am and returns at 3.30. Bring lunch, water bottle, togs, sunblock and sun hat etc.Check programmes for departure times from each base.