News and Events

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.

Saturday 28 October  Community open day 10am -4pm. Come over to relax, explore or help with conservation work and biodiversity monitoring. $15pp for the boat, or if you are staying for the barndance, $40/$20 as below. A donation to Island projects is always welcome! Bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear and something simple to share for a potluck lunch. Boat from Back Beach at Port Chalmers leaves promptly at 10am; Portobello pick-up by prior arrangement. Please let us know if you can help with car pooling, and let us know your address/a contact number. Bookings to quarantineisland

Saturday 28 October Barndance with the amazing Catgut & Steel. 7pm-10pm $40 (adult)*; $25 student/non-waged; $20 (child). Bookings to barndanceontheisland 

Give your preferred departure point – Careys Bay or Portobello and a contact phone number. You will receive a confirmation email with payment details. Limited tickets. If you’d like to stay overnight, returning on Sunday about midday, book yourself a place in the Lodge also.
Portobello- QIKT   6.00pm                                Careys Bay- QIKT  6.30pm
Return QIKT – Careys Bay 10.45pm                 QIKT – Portobello 11.15pm

There is also an opportunity to come over earlier, for the open day at 10am and stay on for the barndance (see above), or on the 3.45pm boat coming to pick people up after the open day.

*The higher ticket price this time is to help us fundraise for interpretation/signage, and covers the boat, band, and a donation to this project.


Sat 25 -Sun. 26 Nov. Art retreat on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua

Talk about your process; how do you try to work sustainably? In terms of materials, staying solvent, and keeping the creative energy flowing!
Use resources from the island to make art (charcoal, clay ochre)
Relax; explore.
An informal, loosely structured event facilitated by Becky Cameron.

Option 1: Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 10am Sat. 26th, returning 2pm Sunday.
Option 2: Boat from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 6pm Fri. 25th, returning 2pm Sunday.
Cost: 2 night option $60 (students/unwaged $40)
1 night option $50 (students/unwaged $30)

Bring food for potluck dinners/lunches and your own breakfast. A simple dinner will be provided for those coming on Friday evening.
Bookings to quarantineisland Specify which option you prefer and provide a contact cell. Limited numbers. Details about facilities in the Lodge 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).

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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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’ .

Sunday 26th April 2015 Shot At Dawn 

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



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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)

woolley workshop on the fence

Woolley workshop