Accommodation & Logistics

Due to the current situation with omicron, we have had to make the hard decision to cancel the 2022 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat. The main motivation when considering and ultimately making this is the safety of people at the retreat and everyone traveling to and from Kāpiti.

We will be rescheduling to February 2023.

If you have already registered, you should have received an email about your refund. If not, please email us. Link here to Connect with Use

The Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat will be held at El Rancho, a large conference and retreat centre situated near the Waikanae River. All workshops, discussions and meals will be provided onsite. When you register, you can let us know any allergies or dietary requirements you have.

Writers Practice will provide attendees with details of the health and safety protocols that we will follow before the event. This includes any requirements from the venue which is currently to show vaccine passes on arrival. Further information about this will be provided to attendees closer to the event. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email us


Onsite accommodation is available in units with between four to ten rooms. Each unit has a bathroom, lounge and kitchenette where you can make tea and coffee. Beds come with linen and blankets. Sole occupancy or shared rooms (maximum three occupants) are available. If you would like to book out an entire unit for a group (minimum 4 people) please note this in your registration form.

Limited campsites are also available. Alternatively, there are many baches and bed and breakfasts in the area.

Getting there

El Rancho is situated at 58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae, Kāpiti Coast. You can drive or take public transport to the area. If you are coming from Wellington, you may want to catch the train, as the traffic heading out of town on a Friday can be quite heavy. We provide a shuttle that can take you to and from the Waikanae Station. See below for more details.

Coming by public transport

If you wish to come by public transport, from the South it is easiest to catch the Tranz Metro train service heading to Waikanae. From the North you would need to travel by bus. The Intercity travels through Waikanae.

We will provide transport to take participants, who register beforehand, from the Waikanae train station to the venue, departing at 5:15 pm on Friday and returning to Waikanae Station at the close of the event on Sunday. You can indicate your interest in the shuttle when you register. (If you are travelling on the train from Wellington you may wish to purchase a 3-day Weekend Rover Ticket, as it’s cheaper than two single tickets.)

Coming by car or bike

If you are driving or cycling follow the expressway to Waikanae Beach, then follow the signs to El Rancho. Drive through the complex and turn right just before the office into Elm Lodge, where we are staying.

If you have any questions regarding getting to the venue, or you wish to offer seats in your car to others in your area, please get in touch.

What to bring

Please bring all the materials you need to write. If you are staying onsite your accommodation includes bed linen. You will need to bring a towel and your own toiletries. If you want to join in the morning yoga bring a mat and a light blanket or shawl.