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 return, $10 for children, but sometimes we are able to subsidise special volunteering themed events.

Day trip during Easter to help with planting, admire the Married Quarters building, explore, relax and have fun! Please let us know if you’re keen and any day/time preferences. At the moment Easter Monday 22 April is our preferred option. We’ll organise boat transport if we get enough interest.

Sat 27 April QIKT and Sat 25 May Community open day If you’d like to spend some time volunteering, activities include planting, biodiversity monitoring and a beach clean-up. There’s always time to relax too! The boat leaves from Back Beach Port Chalmers at 10am sharp, returning about 3.30pm both days. Portobello pick up by prior arrangement. $20 per adult; $10 for children return, or half-price for those helping with weed control, thanks to a grant from Weedbusters. We have a small ‘hardship’ fund, so if the boat cost is a barrier, please let us know. Bring some simple healthy food to share at a lunch, sturdy footwear, clothes for wet or dry, cold and hot. We’ll provide Fairtrade coffee and tea :).

If you’d like to come, please book by contacting Dries at

Working holiday or volunteering at other times?

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)