There is usually an open day on the last Saturday of each month, however this can vary, Keep in touch via our Facebook page or email newsletter (free to subscribe). Note, if you have a gmail address the newsletter will go into your ‘promotions’ folder.
Open day on Saturday July 29th : explore, relax, have fun, help us with for our biodiversity monitoring; ‘plastic free July’ activities (making reusable beeswax lunch wrap & fruit & vege bags; beach clean-up); planting and caring for native seedlings; or other projects. Come for the day or stay overnight. Boat from Back Beach by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 9.30am, returning approximately 3pm, or stay overnight, returning on Sunday afternoon. The charter boat provider charges $15pp return. A donation to the Island is always welcome (eg $5).
Gumboots/tramping boots or sturdy shoes for wet muddy conditions, and slippers or thick socks for the Lodge are needed at the moment! Bring something simple and yummy to share for potluck meals, and don’t forget to book your place on the boat so we can let you know if there are any changes!
If you can/need help with carpooling, let us know as early as possible.We will try to help link people up, but if this is not possible, there is a bus to Port Chalmers from outside Countdown at 9am, or on the corner of Union and Anzac Ave opposite the Stadium, just after 9am. This gets to Port Chalmers at 9.25am and if you get off at the last bus stop on the the Main Street opposite Port Royale Cafe, a few of us can pick people up there and whisk them to the boat.
Details about staying overnight in the Lodge are here.
Dolphins on 28 Jan. 2017 open day: A wonderful open day on the Island recently, became even more magical when a pod of dolphins swam alongside the boat returning people to Portobello. Thanks to John McLachlan and Monarch Wildlife Cruises for giving us extra time to enjoy the dolphins! Here’s a video (Thanks to Regan Mooney).
In Dec.2016 – Jan. 2017 we have a wonderful view from the Lodge of the Little Shags nesting. Here is a video of them in a strong Southerly. (Thanks Rauhina Scot-Fyfe).
Minutes and reports of the AGM 19th June 2016 (here)
Give a gift that gives twice...Try saying that fast! The recipient gets a beautiful gift voucher for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport to this special place, and your purchase helps us to continue to look after the Island…
Significant past events
April 2016 – WW1 heritage-themed open day, with Professor Barbara Brookes: ‘Island of Shame’ talk
October 2015 – Art and Sustainability Hui
The Community hosted psychologist and author, Niki Harre. Niki facilitated two workshops in town, in partnership with Otago Polytechnic, on the psychology of change. Niki was also our guest at an ‘Art and Sustainability Hui ‘on the Island. Special thanks to all those who helped with organising and running these events.
Sunday 20th September 2015 – Kotahitanga manaaki te kawa World Peace Day 2015
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community were delighted to have a stall at the Peace day event, organised by Peacing Together, a not for profit group that formed in March 2015, consisting of Artists, Event Creators, Community Facilitators and students from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The event was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together celebrating our unity within diversity in Dunedin.
Saturday 29th August 2015. We participated in Dunedin Heritage Festival’s ‘Open City’ .
The Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community, in support of elder Lyndall Hancock, decided to commemorate five New Zealand soldiers, executed in Europe following court-martial. Two of the soldiers were from Canterbury and three from Otago regiments. (more information…)
Heritage open day 27th Sept 2014
About eight fully booked boatloads (150 people!) attended a special heritage open day on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua recently. Visitors enjoyed exploring, picnicking, and learning a little about the history and ecology of the island… read more
Interview before it about the Island on the OARSome morning show 24 Sept 2014
Some articles about Island events
‘Families adventure coming to an end’ ODT 3/12/2013
‘Not quite utopia but it beats city stress’ ODT 1/3/2014
‘Six men drowned’ The Argus, Melbourne. 13/11/1928
‘Question of Dual Control’ 26/1/1918
‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 11/4/1917
‘Willochra’s men in quarantine’ Evening Post 15/5/1917
‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 4/7/1874
‘The Victory’s passengers’ ODT 9/9/1863 (over 150 years ago)