Our next Welcome Day is Saturday 30 March 2024

The boat pick up is at 9.30am (Spring/Summer) or 10am (Autumn/Winter) from Back Beach Port Chalmers (or Portobello pontoon by arrangement) returning at about 3.30pm.

Boat transfers are $20pp return for adults & secondary school-aged children; $15 return for primary school-aged children. Bookings preferably here (or to We may have boat subsidises available for those helping with our biodiversity project.

We can sometimes help organise ride sharing to Back Beach, if you give us at least a day’s notice using the booking form below. Parking. Please use the single parks on the road outside of the Back Beach Yacht Club carpark if coming for the day or overnight.

Bring cash for the boat fares(we’ll collect this), a plate to share for a potluck lunch, or a packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the changing island conditions – cold, wet, windy, sunny. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee.

We will email the day before to confirm the event is going ahead and to provide you with up-to-date information including ride-sharing.

Please do not come if you are unwell and let us know if you can’t make it by emailing

There is usually a Welcome Day on the last Saturday of each month. Find out more about our Welcome Days here.

Welcome Days for 2024: 30 March; 27 April; 25 May; 29 June; 27 July; 24 August; 28 September; 26 October; 23 November.

Mahi Days

Volunteering mahi days on the island vary week to week, usually on a weekend day or less often during the weekdays. Keep an eye on this page or like our Facebook page or join our Facebook Group or Instagram page.

Booking Form for 3 March 2024


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.