This page has a list of educational and fun topics related to the Island. It also has links to resources we have found useful including an overview of the main points of historic interest.
Follow this link to get to our walking tours page. This has a general self-guided tour, a wonderful ecological trail guide, and a brochure about the Island in WW1.
Download the Island Brochure (2017)
Download the Historic walking map
Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua – A short History’ by Lyndall Hancock
This book was written by long-time QIKT Community member, Lyndall Hancock, and was published in 2008. It’s available from good libraries and on the Island, or contact us to purchase a copy.
What is it? Who came here? Who died here? Of what diseases? Download a factsheet with parts from papers of the times and a list of who is buried here (from a set of resources from the Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of NZ).
Te Ara is the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand and is a great resource for finding out more on Immigration to NZ – How, why and when did people come?
Epidemic diseases are what quarantine should have kept out 1810-1890, 1890-1920 . Most ships were quarantined for smallpox, typhoid or scarlet fever, surprisingly the Island was not used for the influenza epidemic following WW1. Note: The remaining buildings are
Ships have brought people to or from the Island. The Waikana is the hulk of the metal ship beside the jetty and is the bigger sister ship to the Earnslaw. Other famous ships with links to the island are the Willochra and the City of New York.
Over the years many surface finds have been made from pieces of broken pottery and glass, to nails and the casing for a fobb watch. In June 2017, University of Otago Honours Archaeology student, Alana Kelly, cleaned up and researched many of these items, giving us a glimpse into past lives.
QI Surface Finds 1
QI Surface Finds 2
Here’s a link to a pdf of two talks from QI/KT Community member Jim Fyfe about the ‘island factor’
- QIKT ‘treasure’ hunt around the historic sites (Ask the Keeper)
- Visit the cave
- Orienteering around the Island
- The night sky- city and harbour lights, stars.
- Practise for an emergency – tsunami, storm, accidents – boating, cliffs
- Singing in the chapel
- Games in the lounge
- Native tree restoration – planting, weeding, watering
- Beach clean up (analyse what washes up)
- Fetching pine cones, and firewood
- Messing about in boats- kayaking, rowing, canoeing. (Check with Keeper)
- Swimming – jetty jumping, beach swimming