Looking for something interesting to do over the Christmas holiday break. Why not spend a fascinating day exploring Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour.
The island is steeped in history. At various times used as a leper colony, quarantine station and working farm. Today the island is a nature reserve with extensive planting and a resident population of native bird species.
There is an excellent 2.5 hour circuit track around the island taking in many points of interest. There are a number of historic sites to visit as well as an informative heritage centre. Alternatively, take a picnic lunch and your swimming gear and spend a relaxing day at Swimmers Bay. Access to the island is via Black Cat cruises each morning and afternoon except Christmas day.
Additional information is located here:
Christchurch NZ tourism i-site: http://www.christchurchnz.com/walk-canterbury/christchurch/coastal-and-waterway-walks/quail-island-walk/
New Zealand Geographic: https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-ghosts-of-quail-island/