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.

Our next Community open day and biodiversity monitoring is on Sat. Sept. 23rd. Come to explore, relax, have fun, help us with for our biodiversity monitoring, releasing native trees, or other projects.
Boat departs Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am. Pick up also possible on the Portobello side by prior arrangement. Leaving the Island at 3.30pm or stay overnight, returning early afternoon on Sunday. It’s also possible to come over at 3.15 on Saturday if you are staying overnight. Don’t forget to vote in the General Election before you come!!

$15pp for the charter boat fare. (No charge for preschoolers/primary school-age children). We always appreciate a donation to the Island and put it to good use! Bring warm clothes; sturdy footwear for outside and thick socks/slippers for inside; and food to share for lunch. Bookings to quarantineisland

Details about staying overnight in the Lodge are on the visit page of our website. If you can/need help  with carpooling, let us know your street address/suburb and a contact phone no. ASAP and we’ll do our best to link people up.

Tues. 3rd October: Teachers are invited to a special teacher open day on the Island to experience the Island first hand, and talk to the Keeper and QI/KT Community members who help with our education and biodiversity monitoring programmes.

We can offer 1 complimentary ticket per school on the charter boat (operated by the Monarch). Additional person $15. Bookings essential, by Thursday 28th September to Please provide contact details and identify your pick up location for the boat, Back Beach or Portobello. Boat transfers from Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 10.00am, or Portobello pontoon at 10.30am, returning 2.30 and 3pm, respectively.
Morning tea and a simple lunch provided.

Sun. 22nd October: Harbour Heritage Festival open day and heritage film screenings.’On the rocks, in the drink and on the wing’. The Film Heritage Trust, in partnership with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, bring you a special selection of historical movies extracts from around Otago Harbour.
Venue:  Married Persons’ Quarters, Quarantine Island, Otago Harbour.
Entry charge included within the ferry ticket price. $20 p.p. Screenings at 11.00-12.00 noon and 2.00-3.00pm.Bring a picnic and enjoy the Island. Fairtrade tea and coffee provided.

Bookings to quarantineisland  Give your preferred boat times, departure point – Back Beach, Port Chalmers (BB) or Portobello and a contact phone number. You will receive a confirmation email with payment details.

BB – QI  10am                                                                     Ptbllo – QI    10.30am     (subject to demand)
BB- QI at 12pm (rtn on back trip 12.15 QI-BB)              QI-Ptbllo at 12.45pm (subject to demand)
BB -QI at 12.30  (subject to demand)                              Ptbllo-QIs 1pm  (subject to demand)

QIs- BB 3.15   (It is possible for people to come over on this trip to stay o’night)
QIs -Ptbllo 3.45   (subject to demand). (It is possible to come over on this trip to stay o’night).

QIs – BB 4.15pm

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.

Saturday 28 October Barndance with the amazing Catgut & Steel. 7pm-10pm $40 (adult); $20 (child). 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.

Bookings to barndance  Give your preferred departure point – Back Beach, Port Chalmers (BB) 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 10.30pm                 QIKT – Portobello 11pm


 Our AGM minutes and reports can be found below, and this is a friendly reminder that we value your subs! $20 for an individual; $30 for a family. Details here.

QI-KT AGM 2017 minutes & reports + 2016 minutes reports

Quarantine Island Annual Accounts 31Mar17 Signed Copy(1).




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…

2016 QI-KT Poster Ad sideways.jpg

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



July 2014

Feb 2014

Older newsletters

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