Last weekend I had some time out to take my kids to Quail Island, an island off Lyttleton near Christchurch. The island has been used for many purposes over the years; for human and animal quarantine, a leper colony, for training dogs for the Antarctic and is currently a recreational reserve.
One of the interesting features is a ships graveyard – a number of ships were scuttled off the island and these are visible particularly at low tide. We were lucky enough to be there at low tide and got right down to the wrecks and my kids had a great time exploring and getting very muddy! I took the chance to take a few photos while I was there of the wrecks, a heron which landed there and the jetty where the ferry stops.