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.

Please book with for all of the trips below, with your name, contact number and if you need/can offer others a ride, your street address. Limited numbers for some trips.

Thurs. 12th July – Fri. 13th July. Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua – Holiday fun! Put on your woollies and join us on the island for a day trip, or stay overnight! Explore the Island, help with planting native seedlings, monitoring predators with the tracking tunnels and camera, complete a Kiwi Guardian challenge, and have fun! Boat transfers Thurs. 12th returning 4pm, or Fri.13th at 10am, returning 3pm. Or stay overnight on Thursday or Friday.

Boat departs from Back Beach, Port Chalmers. We can sometimes do a pick-up on the Portobello side by prior arrangement.* $10pp for the boat return (no charge for preschoolers). Only $5 per child  thanks to our Curious Minds grant, and $15 for adults for accommodation.

War on weeds: Over the next few months we’re stepping up efforts to control invasive weeds and we’d love your help! The next battle is:

Sat. 14 July. Come over on Fri. 13th at 6.30pm, and enjoy a complimentary overnight stay in the Lodge. Or join us on Saturday morning, boat departing 9am from Back Beach. Boat fares subsidised thanks to Weedbusters, so only $10pp. Bookings to  Bring warm clothes and sturdy footwear for outside, and your hottie, slippers, thermals and food for simple potluck meals….

Interested in moths? Want to learn more in a hands-on workshop? Earlier in the year, we collected moths from six different areas of Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua as part of our biodiversity monitoring project. We have therefore enlisted the help of MSc candidate, James Tweed, to help us identify what we have. We will record the data, and keep a moth of each type for a new collection. If you’d like to help us and learn more about moths, book now! Limited numbers. The workshop will take place on Sun. 22 July 1-4pm at the NEV Community Rooms, 262 North Rd, NEV. This is part of our Curious Minds funded Biodiversity monitoring project on the Island. Bookings to

Sat. 28 July Community open day. This Saturday we’ll be planting, doing weed control, and/or relaxing! Boat transfer at 10am from Back Beach – depart Island at 4pm. The charter boat picks up from Back Beach (BB) on Beach St. by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club. We can sometimes do a pick-up on the Portobello side by prior arrangement. Bookings to a couple of days beforehand. What to bring when you’re visiting:
* $15pp for the boat (subsidies for primary school aged children ($10); no charge for preschoolers; those with financial hardship)
* warm clothes, sturdy footwear
* some food to share for a potluck lunch. We try to minimise plastic waste because we see firsthand the problem with plastics in our ocean
* a donation for the Island if you can.

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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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)