Spend the night at Quail Island

WALK: You'll soon be able to spend the night at Quail Island.

Soon visitors will be able to spend a night under the stars at Quail Island.

The Department of Conservation is currently working to “improve the visitor experience” for people going to the island.

Which includes plans to install a waharoa entrance to welcome those arriving to the public warf and upgrade signage on the island.

And DOC staff are currently turning one of the cottages on the Island into a DOC Hut which will be able to be booked as overnight accommodation.

Christchurch operations manager Andy Thompson said the caretakers cottage would be turned into a hut, which would provide either nine or 12 beds.

The interpretation centre, which was in the cottage, would move to the barracks building.

He said the work to convert the building would be ready for use in summer, when people could book a bed.

DOC is also considering how to have a small campground on the grass by the beach.

Due to the complete fire ban this would necessitate the building of a couple of small whare kai’s with a sink and a gas barbecue.