Next Welcome Day Saturday 31st July 2021

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. $15pp return or $10 for children for the boat. Bring a packed lunch that does not require heating as we have a planned power outage this Saturday, and a thermos if you have one. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Bookings preferably here (or
If you’d like to, we welcome help with planting native seedlings and other jobs. We’d like you to take time to explore and unwind too! Gumboots or boots are great this time of year, and thick socks or slippers for inside the Lodge.

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

Welcome days for 2021: Saturday 31st July, Saturday 28th August, Saturday 25th September, Saturday 30th October, Saturday 27th November

Parking. Please use the single parks on the road outside of the Back Beach Yacht Club carpark if coming for the day or overnight.

Island Adventures and ‘doing good’- Wednesday 21 and/or Thursday 22 July.

Got some spare time during the week? How about exploring the island in our beautiful ‘back yard’, doing good, and meeting people with a passion for sustainability, conservation, and restoration.

Activities include: planting and caring for native seedlings to help restore the Island’s ecology, exploring the island’s history, relaxing and having fun!

Sign up here for one or more of these dates in July: Wednesday 21, Thursday 22.

The charter boat will pick up from Back Beach Port Chalmers at 9.30am sharp and leave the island about 3.30pm. A pick up is sometimes possible on the Portobello side, if there are viable numbers (9.50am pick up-3.15 rtn approx.)

We will confirm the trip is going ahead and your place closer to the time, as there is a minimum and maximum number for the boat – and we’ll have our eye on the weather.

Boat transfers are $10 for a primary school-aged child, $15 for adults return. Please bring this in cash, we will collect this when you arrive on the island on behalf of the charter operator.
A pick-up from Portobello is sometimes possible, so please indicate which side you would like transport from.

Comfortable, warm clothes, sturdy footwear/ gumboots, a packed lunch and water bottle.

Weed control in picturesque places!

Volunteering and fun! Keep an eye of this page or join our Facebook group for the next opportunity.

If you don’t know how to recognise a weed, don’t worry – full ID training will be given.

Bird counts on the island

Join in with 5-minute bird counts at nine sites around the island in Autumn (April-May) and Spring (October-December).

If you think you might be interested in being involved, or would like more information, you can contact

Some previous special events on the Island:

In early 2020 we were able to award artists Lynn Taylor and Eli Joseph each a short paid Residency on the Island. Lynn did wonderful experimentation with cyantype printing on the island, and gifted us a workshop and beautiful book as a record of the residencies. 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.