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Become a Member

Membership of the Quail Island Ecological Trust is $25 a year for individuals or $50 a year for families. Members receive a newsletter and can volunteer to help the Trust's conservation work - which includes getting your hands dirty on the island (see below) or volunteering your time and skills in other areas.

Interested? Download the membership form, to print and post to us, or fill in our Online membership form.

Become a Volunteer

The Trust is always looking for people to join them in their conservation efforts - both on and off the island. If you are interested in working on the island or providing services or professional assistance in your area of expertise, please complete the Online Volunteer Form.


Maintenance days: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.
Tree Planting Days: Every Saturday and Sunday for the first four weeks in August.

Volunteers intending to participate on workdays and/or planting days must book ahead with Ian McLennan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 384 5338 or 0273 928 047 or via our Online Volunteer Form. Club and corporate groups are welcome to come as a group but numbers cannot exceed 20, although last minute additions may be possible if bookings are light (arrange through Ian McLennan).

Useful information for first-time volunteers

      The ferry leaves from the Black Cat wharf in Lyttelton. Park in Lyttelton township and walk over the main over bridge at the bottom of Oxford St. The ferry wharf is on the left - take the steps down from the top of the bridge.
      The ferry leaves promptly at 9:10am, so please be there by 9am. The ferry returns from Quail Island at 3:30pm.
      Boots or strong shoes, warm clothes and a waterproof jacket are recommended equipment at any time of the year. Long trousers and tramping gaiters are also useful to avoid being scratched by thistles and thorns.
      Tools are provided, but please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.
      Bring your own lunch and water. As of April 2018 the water pipeline from Lyttelton has failed, so drinking water will not be available on the island and the flushing toilets are closed. Hopefully the pipeline will be repaired before the end of 2018.
      Volunteer trips are generally not suitable for children under the age of 12 years, due to the physical nature of a six hour working day on steep terrain, and the necessary use of weedkillers and poisons. Accompanied children are welcome on some trips, particularly during the planting season, so please contact us for more information.
Trips may be cancelled if there is a severe weather forecast, or if the ferry company consider that they are unable to make the journey safely. If the weather is against us, an e mail or text will be circulated before 7am advising of the cancellation, so please check before you leave home.
      Trips are meant to be social and fun. We normally finish work an hour after lunch, allowing you enough time to enjoy the island at your own pace before the ferry arrives.
      We look forward to sharing time on the island with you!


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