Seeking adventure outdoors 

Judy spends a lot of time outdoors. Either on the water rowing or hiking around New Zealand. Competing in the 2017 World Masters Games across several rowing events was a highlight. “That was a week-long event. It was exciting, great fun,” smiles Judy. 

Adventures are commonplace for Judy. “This year a friend and I went and walked a few tracks. We were away for five weeks.” That’s one of the many reasons she enjoys life at Ryman’s Murray Halberg Village. “My apartment is a lock up and leave situation,” she explains. “There’s no responsibility in terms of maintaining the building. And when you go away, it’s exactly the same when you get back.”

Maintaining her adventurous lifestyle is a priority for Judy. Moving to the village has given her the freedom to travel any time she likes and continue her work with an Auckland volunteer group who help to feed the homeless. “You’re still an individual and can live your life with all the freedoms that you had previously. I find that aspect of Ryman really appealing.”

When she’s not on the water or hiking a new trail, Judy entertains her family on their weekly visits. “I like the apartment – it’s well-designed and spacious. My family are happy to come and feel welcome here. We always have a really good family get-together and catch up.” And happy hour is always a hit. “Oh, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a ‘must’ on my weekly calendar.”

Judy loves her independent lifestyle. She keeps busy rowing, volunteering, and spending time with those she loves. And when it’s time for a hiking adventure, she locks up and leaves without a second thought. That is Judy’s measure of a full life.


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