Country Escape & Wellness Retreat

Ranked by The Guardian as #1 in the Five Best Antipodean retreats.

A stunning private destination, located just 20 minutes from Havelock North, and 40 minutes from Napier Airport. Handy to beautiful sandy beaches and bush reserves. Cape South is a graciously designed French colonial-style homestead set within 16 acres of gardens and grounds.

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Country Escape & Wellness Retreat

Cape South operates as a Country Escape and Wellness Retreat – a place to relax, unwind and come away feeling rejuvenated.

Cape South hosts regular award winning Luxury Wellness Retreats.  These are fully hosted and include world class programmes wellness talks, daily mindful movement, plant based organic cuisine, guided coastal walking on private farmland, spa treatments options and full exclusive use of the facilities.   Private Cleanses are also available for individuals and small groups from 2 nights to 2 weeks.  Choose from our Juice Cleanse or Plant Based Cleanse - see details HERE.

The homestead and cottage are also available for exclusive group bookings, and a set range of treatments are available to complement your stay.  Sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with what is happening at Cape South.


Cape South was literally a bare hillside when Mirabel and Peter Brook first surveyed the vista and felt it to be a perfect site to create a family home.

Two years later, Mirabel and Peter purchased the land and then a traditional homestead, the former surgery and home (built 1903) of Dr Don Allen in Waipawa, and moved it to the site. Once settled in place they tripled its size, maintaining the traditional style and features of the original homestead, and built the cottages and swimming pool, planted thousands of trees and established the gardens.

Kate & Cam McLeay are now the hosts at the luxurious venue.  They love to create exceptional experiences for their guests along with their team of local legends.

How it works?

The whole Homestead an/or Cottage must be booked for a minimum of 2 nights and then the rest is up to you. For Homestead only bookings you will have 6 generous ensuite bedrooms (with additional accommodation options for larger groups), casual kitchen and living, formal dining and lounge area and shared use of our magnesium salt swimming pool, gym, spa, infrared sauna and organic gardens.  For Cottage only bookings you will have 2 ensuite bedrooms in the self contained cottage and shared of the magnesium salt swimming pool, gym, spa, infrared sauna and organic gardens.  Should you wish to have exclusive use of the property then both the Homestead and Cottage should be reserved or arrangements made upon booking to ensure this.

On top of this, you may also like to indulge in some onsite treatments to create your own retreat. We offer relaxation and therapeutic massage, holistic facials, yoga, sound healing, reflexology, reiki and more. The space and location of Cape South is the perfect place to recharge and heal.

Once booked, we ask in advance which treatments you and your guests would like to experience, and work with you to provide a schedule that suits. Our therapists are professional, qualified and will respect your privacy and confidentiality at all times.

If you do not want any treatments and just want to book the house that is fine, we will provide information on all the beautiful Hawkes Bay has to offer, from wineries, nearby sandy beaches and local hikes.


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