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Quail Island Looping, Canterbury

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Quail Island LoopingBeginner

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

5.14km

180m

180m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Beach
Coastal
Volcanic

Beginner

1:00 (Novice)
0:45 (Intermediate)
0:30 (Elite)

-9.0%

+9.5%

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Description

Quail island is a gem, a great location for either a daytrip or an overnighter. Once off the boat there is heaps to explore and this circuit will give you the full noise of just about everything the island has to offer. Its well worth staying at the campsite or booking a bed in the hut.

The trail is very straightforward to follow and if done clockwise you'll first drop over to the quarantine station and barracks. This is where you can camp if you are overnighting. Keep trucking around the corner and you'll get great views of King Billy Island. Further round you'll pass the famous shipwrecks and then head round the northern side of the island above bluffs. Be sure to check out the new hut before you finish the loop and head back for a return boat ride.


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Features of interest

Shipwrecks, heritage campsites and hut


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 50%


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  • Access

    Start from the Wharf at Quail Island

    You will need to get the Quail Island Ferry - check Black Cat cruises for timetables. Otherwise kayak over if you are suitably experienced

    28 km

    42 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    The trail is well marked

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    There are water taps around the campsite and at the hut

    It is quite exposed to any wind flow on Quail Island so pack warm gear even in summer. Weather can change here fast.

    Don't miss the boat!

  • Post run indulgence

    Lyttelton Bars and cafes
    Various
    Lyttelton is a great place to debrief over a cold one

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