Next Welcome day – Saturday 26th September

 Join us for a day of relaxing, volunteering and fun.

The boat pick up is at 10am from Back Beach (and the Portobello side by prior arrangement), return at 3.30pm or stay overnight. $15pp return or $10 for children for the boat. Bring a packed lunch; we’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Bookings preferably via the web page (or

If you’d like to, we welcome help with weed control, planting seedlings, and other jobs. We’d like you to take time to explore and unwind too!

There is usually a Welcome Day on the last Saturday or Sunday of each month. Find out more about our Welcome Days here. For Open Day times and dates see below. For regular updates, follow our Facebook group, sign up to our email Newsletter or contact us.

There are other opportunities and events you can join, or piggyback on a charter boat, to come and do your own thing. View our calendar to find out what days are booked here.

Weed control in picturesque places!

Want to be a weed warrior? Let us know when you’re available!

Who knew hunting down weeds could be so satisfying? Join us on a hunt and destroy mission! If you don’t know how to recognise a weed, don’t worry – full ID training will be given.
We can help subsidise the boat transfer if needed (usually $15pp). Email with the days you’re normally available and contact details.

Barndance on the Island! Saturday 31st October

Join us for a fun night of dancing to the tunes of the wonderful Catgut and Steel.

The dance will go from about 7 – 10pmin the historic Married Quarters Building. Limited tickets so don’t delay! $30 per adult and $20 per school-aged child. This covers the dance and your boat fare on our charter boat for the evening, the Albatross Express.

To book, email with your ticket request, contact details and preferred pick-up/drop off (See options below).You will receive an email to confirm your booking and with payment details.

Option 1:Portobello pontoon promptly at 6pm, returning at approximately 11.15pm.

Option 2: Careys Bay pontoon promptly at 6.30pm, returning at approximately 10.45pm.

Option 3: As above for pick up, but stay overnight in the Lodge, returning on Sunday. Please give your preferred approximate return time/place and we will try to accommodate this.

Option 4: Boiler Point pick up, Port Chalmers, 5.45pm. Returns as for 2 and 3 above. (Limited numbers)

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 (bringyour 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 and check the island website for general information.

Art Residencies and Retreats

Towards the end of 2019, thanks to a donation from a couple of QIKTC members, we were able to award artists Lynn Taylor and Eli Joseph each a short paid Residency on the Island. Lynn did wonderful experimentation with cynatype printing on the island in late January 2020, and gifted us a workshop. Eli was on the island in February, and worked on developing a script and production plan for a piece of contemporary physical theatre about the conscientious objector, Archibald Baxter. In addition, the QIKTC Council offered short retreats to Jo St Baker, Brigid Allan, Kirstin Bebell, and Iona Winter.