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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.

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Our next open day is Saturday 27th May. Come over to relax, explore, help with tree releasing and odd jobs. The boat will depart at 9.30am from  Back Beach, Port Chalmers and can do a pick up on the Peninsula side by prior arrangement. Return boat at approx. 3.30pm on Sat. or stay overnight., returning at about 2pm on Sunday. The boat is $15 return. Bookings essential (by Thurs. 25 May).  Let us know if you can help/need help to carpool.
If you’re coming for the day, bring something to share for a simple potluck lunch, warm clothes and sturdy footwear.  Contact Phil at  quarantineisland@ or on 478 0874

At this open day, Community member, Anette Seifert, will talk about her recent experience: Cape to Cape voyage on board of tall sail ship Bark Europa. Anette’s talk will be at 1pm, so there is an additional boat option at 12.30pm, for anyone just wanting to come over for this. Again, bookings essential.

“Imagine spending 52 days sailing from Cape Hoorn via Antarctic islands and South Georgia,a quick stop at Tristan Da Cunha and finally arriving in Cape Town.
After sailing nearly 2 months around some of the most remote islands surrounded by thousands of penguins and fur seals I am happy to feel land under my feet again.I was privileged to land and walk on some very remote places and coastlines; exploring the very well preserved huts of our Antarctic explorers, seeing and feeling the absolute harshness of Elephant Island and following some of the sailing routes of Shackleton.
I would also like to share some information about IAATO- as I believe our island community is very aware of the importance of our local wildlife and the need to take care of it.
IAATO is a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.Since the beginning of the modern Antarctic tourism industry in 1969, the number of tourists in Antarctica has grown from a few hundred to more than 30,000 each year. Recognizing the potential environmental impacts that such growing numbers of tourism could cause, seven private tour operators conducting excursions in Antarctica joined together in 1991 to practice and promote safe and environmentally responsible travel in this remote, wild and delicate region of the world.”

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).

Minutes and reports of the AGM 19th June 2016 (here)

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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QI Island July 2010 Newsletter

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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)

woolley workshop on the fence

Woolley workshop