Quail Island since I moved to Christchurch eleven years ago, so last Saturday I took the ferry across the harbour with some friends. Quail Island is a recreational reserve, named after the now extinct native quail (there's heaps of introduced quail though, which are so cute!). The island was originally used as a quarantine station and as a small leprosy colony by the early European settlers and is now a popular destination for people wanting a short daytrip from Christchurch.
We walked the track which loops the island and takes you past the old leprosy colony, the grave site of the one man who died on the island and many shipwrecks, and then stopped to have lunch under a tree, on top of a huge cliff overlooking the harbour and Lyttelton. For the rest of the afternoon we sat by the beach; relaxing and playing cards, frisbee and hacky. It was a really nice way to spend the day, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but not very far from home at all.
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