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Quail Island

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Quail Island Charteris Bay  New Zealand
Quail Island
The waters and harbors around Lyttelton and eastern Canterbury have welcomed explorers from Captains Cook and Scott to Admiral Byrd and Sir Shackleton. Quail Island, a small island off Lyttelton, now welcomes modern explorers: hikers and picnickers. At various points across its history, the island has been a quarantine station, leper colony and Antarctic training base; today it's uninhabited except for native birds and wild flora. Easy one- or two-hour walks pass swimming beaches, shipwrecks and remnants of the island's past. Ferries depart from Lyttelton twice daily in summer, returning in the afternoon.