Welcome to Solway College - Nau mai ki Solway College

The school where every girl counts!



From 21 July 2019 the Solway College roading system will change to a one-way system with entry via Fleet Street and exit via Hillcrest Street. The change is needed to better manage the traffic flow through the school and will improve safety and traffic congestion. Signage will be put in place to help with the change. The 10km/h speed limit between St Columba Church and Rata Dormitory remains in place, but a new posted speed limit of 25km/h will apply outside of this zone. A subsequent project considering improvements to the drop-off zone in front of Rata Dormitory; and a walking track for students off the road are underway. 

Please note that the Hillcrest Street entrance will continue to be used by service vehicles only for the kitchen and laundry outside normal drop-off and pick-up times. Please keep a careful eye out for traffic around the kitchen driveway intersection. 

Thank you for your consideration.



Situated in Masterton in the beautiful Wairarapa, our school is nestled in 13 hectares of beautiful lawns and garden.  Masterton is a short trip by car or train (approx 90 minutes) from Wellington.

Established in 1916, Solway College is one of New Zealand’s most historic boarding schools for girls. We consistently provide a holistic education for young women in Years 7 – 13.   We offer a limited number of day girl places and a variety of boarding options. 

Our class sizes are very small and our priority is to meet all individual students’ needs. We are renowned for our excellent academic results and have been the top Wairarapa achieving college in NCEA, 2012 and 2013. Not only are we a top academic college, we also won the Wairarapa Times Age College of the Year Sports Award in 2014 and 2019.

We are committed to offering an excellent academic programme and excellent pastoral care. We are a small caring community basing our day to day life on Christian values. We also aim to offer extra-curricular opportunities to ensure that our students gain the most from their Solway experience.