News and Events

General Information:

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. (Note, if you have a gmail address, the newsletter will go into your ‘promotions’ folder.)

The usual pick up for the boat is Back Beach, by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club, however a pick up is also available on the Portobello Wharf (Pontoon Jetty)  by prior arrangement. Occasionally there is a Carey’s Bay pick-up (e.g. for events).

We can usually help with car pooling, if you give us some notice of where you live and contact details. Don’t forget to let us know you’re coming at least a day beforehand so we can let you know if there’s any change of plans. The usual boat charge is $15-20 pp, $10 for children, but sometimes we are able to subsidise special volunteering themed events.

Sat 2 March QIKT Community open day, with the option of an overnight stay

It’s Seaweek, so explore the rocky shore, help with a beach cleanup, and have fun in the water, in addition to all the usual activities. If you’d like to have even more time to relax, stay overnight in the St Martin Lodge.

Can’t make it at 9.30am on Saturday? Option to come over at about 3.20pm on the boat picking up day visitors, then stay overnight.

On Sunday 3 March, the focus will be on weed control, for those who are keen and intrepid! The boat leaves from Back Beach Port Chalmers at 9.30am sharp, returning about 3.30pm both days. Portobello pick up by prior arrangement. $20 per adult; $10 for children return, or half-price for weed control volunteers thanks to a grant from Weedbusters. Bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear, clothes for wet or dry, cold and hot. We’ll provide Fairtrade coffee and tea :).

Saturday 16 March War on Weeds

At this time of year, the grass grows very quickly, smothering native seedlings. We’d love your help to cut it back (‘releasing’). There are also some nasty weeds that we want to seek and destroy! But it’s not all about ‘work’! We love people to come to the Island to explore and relax in this special place.

If you’d like to come, please book by contacting Dries at
Boat leaves at 9.30am sharp from Back Beach, Port Chalmers. Leave the island at about 3.30pm or stay overnight. Boat fares subsidised to $10 return for weed control volunteers, thanks to our Weedbusters grant. Otherwise, $20 per adult, $10 per child return.

Working holiday?

There are lots of projects we’re hoping to progress, from weed control, building fences, and stiles, releasing trees, to painting. Please let us know if you can help, particularly if you have relevant skills. We’ll gladly offer free accommodation in the Lodge and cover boat fares for volunteers.  Contact the Keeper at

Read an account of volunteering and staying on the island from recent volunteer, Carolyn Stallard, a young musician and teacher from New York. We loved having Carolyn on the Island!

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…

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Older Newsletters

July 2014

Feb 2014

May 2013

QI Island July 2010 Newsletter

QI Island Sept 09 newsletter

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)