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.

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 side by prior arrangement. Occasionally there is a Carey’s Bay pick-up. 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.

Labour Weekend: Saturday 20th. Join us for ‘part one’ of  the 60th anniversary celebration for the Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua (previously St Martin Island) Community. We’d love to hear memories/see photos of your time on the Island! There will be time for a leisurely walk around the island, informal sharing of stories, a delicious potluck lunch, and some short presentations from previous and current members of the Community.Come for the day, or stay overnight. Boat pick up at 10am from Back Beach, and Portobello by arrangement. A later pick-up about 1.15/1.30pm is also possible. Returns about 5.30pm or 9pm, (and 1.30-1.45pm by prior arrangement). Or stay overnight.

Short presentations from former Keepers, Community members, and others 2-3pm and 4-5pm. Potluck lunch at 12pm and dinner at 6.30pm.

Sun. 21st October and/or Monday 22nd Come for the afternoon, or stay overnight to relax, do a little biodiversity monitoring, weed control, releasing seedlings …Pick up from Back Beach on Sunday at 12.30pm, leaving the Island at 5pm or stay overnight, returning on Monday (time tbc; let us know your preferences).

Sat. November 17th – join us for Part 2 of our 60th anniversary celebration. We’d love to hear memories/see photos of your time on the Island! Come to the open day, and stay on for the barndance; or come over later in the afternoon or evening. The dance will go from about 7 – 10pm with Catgut and Steel as our wonderful musicians/callers.

The usual boat charge is $15pp, for the open day. Boat and dance is $30pp, or $20 for a child. Additional donations are always welcome as these prices just cover costs.We always try to keep things affordable for people with low incomes.

Bookings for the dance to Limited tickets, so get in quick! Specify:

  • how many adults and children, and their age
  • which side of the harbour you are coming from
  • and your preferred time from the options below
  • Let us know if you’d like to stay the night. Usual suggested donation for overnight stays applies.

Open day: 10am pick up from Back Beach, or Portobello by prior arrangement. Return at 4pm or stay on for the dance, and if you would like, overnight.

3.45pm pick up from Back Beach or Portobello by prior arrangement. Bring a picnic tea, and enjoy some island time before the dance.

6pm, pick up from the Portobello Pontoon on the Albatross Express. Return, leaves the Island at 11.15pm.

6.30pm, pick up from Careys Bay on the Albatross Express. Return, leaves the Island at 10.45pm

What to bring:
* warm clothing and sturdy footwear
* a plate to share for supper
* something to drink. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Low-moderate consumption of your own alcoholic beverages is fine (bring your own glasses).
* a torch to help you safely find your way along paths in the dark

Health and safety and housekeeping: Please read this before coming.

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)