Our next Welcome Day is Saturday 29th January 2022

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. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Bookings preferably here (or

Please note you will need a current COVID-19 Vaccine Pass for boat transfers and access to the Lodge.
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 2022: Saturday 29th January, Saturday 26th February, Saturday 26th March, Saturday 30th April, Saturday 28th May, Saturday 25th June, Saturday 30 July, Saturday 27th August, Saturday 24th September, Saturday 29th October, Saturday 26th 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.

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.

In late November 2021, we celebrated the publication of former (and much loved) Island Keeper Kathy Morrison’s book Seaswept Twelve Years in Quarantine about her 12 years on the island. In early December 2021, we hosted a talk with Peter Matheson (member of the St Martin Island Community) and Meghan Hughes (current Island Keeper) on the colourful, tragic but also visionary story of the communities of Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua (St Martin Island, Middle Island). Both events were held in the Married Quarters building.