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The Wellington Study Group has passed on its stewardship of Strathean to new hands with similar interests and intentions. Strathean will continue to be be available for hire on a similar basis to the past as detailed below. For further information visit Strathean on Facebook. 

Strathean is set in 3 hectares of lawns and mature, mainly native Totara trees at Te Horo, near Otaki on the Kapiti Coast just one hour’s drive north of Wellington. The beach is a 6 minute drive away and the Tararua Forest Park and Otaki Forks a 15 minutes drive into the mountains.



Strathean provides accommodation for up to 25-30 people.The main house offers comfortable country house living, a large lounge with wood burner, ample seating and a small library.

The conservatory-like dining room opens on to a sunny deck for alfresco eating. This room has good light and space for dining and/or activities. For those self catering the kitchen is modern and well appointed. Two stoves with fan assisted baking option, 2 fridges, hot water zip and all crockery, cutlery and cooking and serving utensils.

Upstairs is accommodation for 13 people, 1 single, 1 double and 4 and 6 bed rooms. A toilet is also located upstairs. Downstairs there are 3 single bedrooms, a shower, 4 toilets and a 300litre boiler that heats hot water for 5 more bath/showers and provides a drying area for towels and clothing in wet weather.

Extra accommodation of 2 bedrooms sleeping 4 and 2 respectively is available adjacent to the main house and a studio room in the grounds sleeps a further 4 people. All rooms have heating and beds with mattress, mattress protector and bedspread. 

The Strathean Cottage is available occasionally for the use of teachers, facilitators or people with special needs. It is entirely self contained and can sleep four in two rooms. 


The cost of hiring Strathean is kept low to enable as many groups as possible to make use of the facilities. Major cleaning and maintenance is mainly carried out by volunteers. Groups using Strathean are requested, before leaving, to vacuum the bedrooms and living areas, wash the kitchen and bathroom floors and clean the toilets and baths. Vacuum cleaners and cleaning equipment are provided. Cleaning takes about an hour if everyone helps.

What to bring: Groups need to bring their own pillows, sheets and duvets or sleeping bags. Towels, personal toiletries and meal provisions if self catering.

We provide: Hand towels, tea towels, bath mats, table clothes dish wash, toilet paper and cleaning equipment.

Charges for hiring Strathean

The 2015 cost of hiring Strathean is as follows. Prices are GST inclusive.

Minimum charge (8 or fewer people)          $320 per night (24 hrs)

Per person per night (24 hrs)                          $ 40

Extra days (12 hrs) & day only participants    $20 per person

Deposit or cancellation within 90 days           $400.00

It has not been our policy to insist on a deposit from our regular groups to secure their bookings but should a booking be cancelled it is usually impossible for us to re book that date due to the very advanced nature of most bookings.

In the event of cancellation within 90 days of the booking, a $400.00 cancellation payment would then become due

The Strathean Cottage is occasionally available for the use of teachers, organisers or people with special needs.  It is entirely self contained and can sleep four in two rooms. Cost $45 per person per night. Please discuss availability with the caretaker.

Bedroom and bathroom linen can be provided and the cottage serviced.

$55 per person per night includes linen and service. 

For further information or bookings please contact Strathean at:


Phone: 06 364 3127