Visit the island! Saturday 23 January

Want to come visit the island this weekend?

We have spaces on a ferry for you to come to the island to relax/have fun. (You’re welcome any help with odd jobs during their visit if you like).

You may like to bring a sunhat, togs, raincoat, sketchbook, picnic lunch…$15 boat fare for adults, $10 for children (return).

The boat (VJ) – leaves sharply at 9.30 from BB. Portobello pick up on prior arrangement. The boat will leave the island about 3.30pm but get in touch if you’d like to stay on the island overnight.

We can sometimes help with carpooling – just let us know.

To book your place, use this form.

Next Welcome Day Saturday 30th January 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 something for a shared lunch or your own picnic if you prefer; 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 and caring for 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 regular updates, follow our Facebook group, sign up to our email Newsletter or contact us.

Parking. Please use the single parks around the outside of the Back Beach carpark or on the road (the double length ones in the middle are for boats and trailers).

There are likely to be other informal visit or work days (weeding etc) announced. These are posted on the Facebook group page.

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.

Jo Ogier – Two Day Nature Journaling Workshop Sat 20 -Sun 21 February

This two day workshop with artist Jo Ogier is a fundraiser for the Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community. Read more about Jo here.

$160 pp covers tuition from Jo, some materials, boat transfers, and simple accommodation in the St Martin Lodge on the Island. Details about the workshop itself here. This weekend would be a great opportunity for beginners to start their Nature Journal journey.

Limited to 12 participants.

To book your place, complete the booking form here and deposit $160 in the Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community account 38 90170478888 00. Put your name and ‘Jo Ogier’ in the reference code. You will receive an email to confirm your place.

Weed control in picturesque places!

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

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.

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.