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History of Otamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust
Quail Island, also known as Otamahua (the place where children gather eggs), is an 81-hectare inner-harbour island and recreational reserve. Sections on the island have been extensively replanted with indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses as part of the restoration of the island undertaken by the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust in conjunction with the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The indigenous quail, after which the island is named, are extinct but you might spot introduced Californian quail. With DOC and Trust volunteers having eliminated a number of introduced pests, Quail Island is now a safe haven for several birds and insects, including tree weta, the little blue penguin, bellbird, several varieties of shag, silver eye, fantail, kingfisher and numerous other species.