The Lodge is available year round for school camps, retreats and family get-togethers. The accommodation is simple, a little like an older, very well-equipped DOC hut. It can sleep 30 people in a combination of bunk and small bedrooms, has a big lounge (woodburner), kitchen (2 stoves, microwave, cooking utensils, jug, toaster, pots, pans, plates and cutlery), dining room with heat pump, bathroom (shower for occasional use) and toilets. Bedrooms: Two large bunk rooms sleep 14 and 11, one single room (sunroom), one room with two singles (Captain’s cabin), one double room/bed. Also a room for storage (Mud room), which has a great view of shags nesting at the right time of year! If the Lodge isn’t quite big enough for your group, there is a small, flat area for camping near the buildings.
You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, a sheet to cover your mattress, pillow, tea towels, hand towels and towels, rubbish bags and food. Hotties, slippers or thick socks will help keep you warm inside the Lodge. Gumboots or boots will keep your feet dry outside.
We supply toilet paper, as this needs to be biodegradable for our composting toilet system. We also supply dishwashing liquid that also needs to be to a high environmental standard. Your donation for the lodge covers this as well as helping towards the ongoing maintenance and care of this unique place.
The suggested donation for the Lodge is $15 per adult, $12 for tertiary students and $10 for school aged children per night. There is an expectation that visitors will leave the lodge clean, and we welcome help with island activities. Depending on need/age this might be- feeding chickens, carrying firewood, watering or weeding around young tree seedlings, clearing paths, picking up rubbish on beaches, composting scraps, etc, however, there will be plenty of time to relax. If you have specific interests (or skills) , you may want to help with one of our current projects.
The resident Keeper can usually arrange to charter a boat, particularly for larger groups and schools.
We will try to maintain your privacy in the Lodge during your stay. However, day visitors may need to access the Lodge toilets though a separate door at the back (as they are the only toilets on the island currently).
At the end of your stay please leave the accommodation as clean and tidy as you found it.
Housekeeping – Water, wood and waste disposal; toilets
The Island is a great place to be mindful of resources we often take for granted. Please conserve water as all we have comes from the rain and, believe it or not, it doesn’t rain in Dunedin all that much! This conservation means we ask you not to shower if you are only staying for 1-2 days. If you have to shower, please keep it short (a minute).
There is hot water for the kitchen sink; it just takes a while to run through! Turn the tap to the right. Refill the kettle or collect water in a jug for later use while waiting for the hot water to come through, so water is not wasted.
There is a limited supply of firewood, which we make available for your careful use. Again this comes from the island and is a finite resource.
We have a zing bokashi and compost system for your food scraps (not bones) and the chickens appreciate some too. Please give your compost/scraps to the Keeper to deal with – he can make sure the chickens don’t get overfed/ that waste is left around which might attract rats.
We encourage you to sort your other waste for recycling (glass, plastic, soft plastic). Please take all your recycling and rubbish off the island when you leave. Be mindful of waste – how can we reduce the amount going to landfill.
Toilets: These are composting and can only cope with pee, poo and toilet paper. There is a separate rubbish bin for sanitary products. You can put a cupful of sawdust in after pooing. Always close the lid after use so warm air can circulate and help with the composting process. This prevents them from getting smelly too. Useful bacteria break down the waste – it is critical that no harsh chemical products are used to clean the toilets. These will kill the beneficial bugs! Usually, the Keeper will clean the toilet, wiping around the seat with diluted dettol and disposing of the paper or cloth used for this in the bin.
Anything broken, not working? Can’t find something you need? Please talk to the Keeper.