Retreat Centre

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The Magnificat Community is based at Cross Creek, 10km from Featherston in the Southern Wairarapa.

The driving time from Wellington is about 60 minutes. See Map

The Community offers the following facilities for individuals and groups desiring space for retreats and conferences:

The two residences, Bethlehem and Nazareth, are on sites adjacent to each on Cross Creek Road. They are surrounded by farmland owned by the community, which provides the opportunity for people to interact with the various animals. We provide a place of gentle silence and stillness so that our visitors may take time out to ponder and reflect.

Both have fully equipped kitchens and you have the option of self-catering or we can cater for you.

The community chapel is available for retreat groups to use. It is at the heart of the Magnificat Community complex, which is just a short walk from the Bethlehem and Nazareth facilities.

The Magnificat Community Charitable Trust operates the complex and is registered with the Charities Commission.


Fr Thige O'Leary preaches

Fr Thige O’Leary preaches during Mass at the Magnificat Chapel


Magnificat Chapel