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 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 doubled 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.

Today, Cape South operates as a country escape and wellness retreat – a place to relax, unwind and come away feeling rejuvenated. Cape South homestead is available for exclusive group bookings, and a set range of treatments are available to complement your stay. Cape South is also used as a venue for pre-planned retreats so keep an eye out on our social media pages or sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with what is happening here at Cape South.

How it works?

The whole homestead must be booked for a minimum of 2 nights and then the rest is up to you. You will have 6 generous ensuite bedrooms (with additional accommodation options for larger groups), casual kitchen and living, formal dining and lounge area and exclusive access to our magnesium salt swimming pool, gym, sauna and organic gardens.

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, detox body wraps and scrubs, 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. Check out our current treatment range here: wellness retreats.

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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