A Timaru couple is settling into family life with four new babies.
The quadruplets were born by caesarean at Christchurch Women's Hospital in August at 28 weeks and four days gestation.
Until earlier this month, the babies were in the hospital's neonatal unit to grow and prepare for home life.
The Canterbury District Health Board said multiple births were on the rise, but it was extremely rare for quadruplets.
Consultant Obstetrician Lisa Rofe said planning for the delivery began several weeks in advance.
She said two adjacent birthing theatres were used with specialist teams designated to each baby.
In this birth, the quadruplets included a set of identical twin girls, along with fraternal twins - a boy and a girl.