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.

Sat. 22nd September Community open day and Porttoport Launch Weekend activities. Visit the Island, bring a picnic. Join in biodiversity monitoring activities, if you wish. Hear about current projects and the island’s fascinating history. Porttoport are offering ‘ferry day passes’ with pick-ups from both Portobello Pontoon and Careys Bay throughout the day for $10 an adult and $5 a child.

Sat. 29th September: War on Weeds -9.30am -4pm. At this month’s open day we have a focus on weed control, however, you are equally welcome to come over to relax.
Only $10pp for ‘weeders’ for the boat thanks to our Weedbusters grant; otherwise $15pp. Bring a packed lunch. We’ll provide fairtrade tea and coffee and home-baking!
Boat times are from Back Beach, Pt Chalmers, but as usual, a pick-up is possible on the Portobello side by prior arrangement.

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 informal sharing, and some short presentations from previous and current members of the Community. A leisurely walk around the island, a delicious potluck lunch and dinner…Come for the day, or stay overnight. Boat pick up at 10am from Back Beach, and Portobello by arrangement. A later pick-up at 1.15/1.30pm is also possible. Returns at 5.30pm or 9pm, (and 1.30-1.45pm by prior arrangement). Or stay overnight.

Short presentations from former Keepers Kathy Morrison and Francine Vella, Community member Kuini Scott, and others in the Married Quarters 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 …

Sat. November 17th – join us to celebrate our 60th anniversary – We’d love to hear memories/see photos of your time on the Island!

Stay on (or join us in the evening) for a barndance! Tickets available soon!

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)