Visit

The island is a public Recreation Reserve and visitors are welcome! Come over for the day to relax and explore. You can come over on your own boat or kayak, or you can take one of several boat charter/water taxi options. Find out more about how to get here on this page.

You can also join one of our Community-led volunteering/mahi events that you may like to join.

The Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community own all the buildings on the island, and the jetty, but groups can request to book the St. Martin Lodge, and/or the Married Quarters. Our Island Keeper or volunteers may be able run a programme with your group (donation appreciated), or involve you as a volunteer in a project.

St. Martin Lodge is basic accomodation for group and family hire, and as a centre for hui, retreats, conferences, camps and other gatherings in accordance with our values and vision. Find out more on this page Stay Overnight

Please contact us to ask about overnight stays. Our calendar page shows when the Lodge is available and upcoming public events that you may like to join. 


“Very pleasant is an excursion to Quarantine Island on a fine day, when the placid waters of the harbour are bathed in sunshine, and ripple round many picturesque headlands, clothed with native verdure to their bases. On such a day Port Chalmers and its neighbourhood look their best, especially when viewed from seawards, and discover a rare commingling of nature unadorned, and nature embellished by the art and ingenuity of man.

Evidences of thriving prosperity, of the substantial progress of this land of our adoption, are apparent on all sides. Stately merchantmen in every stage of loading and unloading throng the harbour and line the jutting piers, whilst the scream of the railway whistle, the rattle of the heavily laden train, and the thud-thud of the paddles of the steamers which ply about the bay, tell the tale of the advance of science as applied to everyday affairs, and indicate that a share of the abundance of knowledge which pervades the world is not wanting here, and that man has profited and is profiting thereby”.

Otago Witness, 20 June 1874