Ōtamahua Hut Opens

Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister for Conservation, opened the new Ōtamahua Hut on Quail Island as the first event in the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival. The hut was formerly the island Caretaker’s cottage and is now transformed into a 12 bed hut aimed at attracting families to explore the outdoors. The project has been a collaboration between Department of Conservation, Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust and Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust. Over 100 people turned out to the opening ceremony with lots of activities for kids including guided walks from the Quail Island Trust, cutting the ribbon with the Minister, and a treasure hunt seeking out the true treasures of the island as well as a hidden pirate’s chest. A great day had by all and many more to come as this hut is set to be a real treasure for Canterbury.

Trust Chair Simon Mortlock and Deputy Chair Maureen McCloy head to the island

Over 100 people attended the opening on a perfect spring day

OOOH ARR! The pirate's treasure is found by the first family to piece together the pirates map