Located on Ngataringa Road in Devonport, the brand-new William Sanders Retirement Village is nestled amongst peaceful surroundings with views of Mt Victoria/Takarunga, Rangitoto, Auckland city and the harbour bridge.
There’s a lifestyle option to suit everyone at the village. You can choose from an independent apartment or the extra support of an assisted-living apartment. If your needs change over time, our state-of-the-art care centre provides 78 care rooms offering resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. William Sanders care centre is located within the same village community and, as a Ryman resident, you will have priority access.
The amenities include an all-weather bowling green, heated indoor swimming pool and spa, gym, beauty and hairdressing salon, movie theatre, library, and even a cafe! There is so much for residents to enjoy, including village events and outings.
William Sanders Village offers living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our apartments are light and spacious, with clean lines and a clever open plan design layout that provides an easy flow throughout.
If down the track you need more support, we offer assisted-living apartments and a range of care options. That freedom and flexibility is empowering for residents and knowing care can be dialled up as needed means, quite simply, ‘no worries’. It's all part of what we like to call the Ryman Difference.
Our pioneering approach to retirement living includes resident-friendly terms designed to protect you and your family. Our base weekly fee is fixed for the entire time you occupy your apartment*, and our deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent – one of the lowest in the retirement sector.
These are just some of the ways we’re pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.
*Some conditions apply.
Enjoy all the upsides of living independently in a Ryman village. Easy living, security, plus a huge bonus – the support of a vibrant village community.
Assisted-living apartments come with support you can count on. A chef-prepared meal, housekeeping – it's great for you and reassuring for your family.
Community is central to the lifestyle so we offer amenities that encourage that sense of togetherness, such as a café, dining room, bar, hair and beauty salon, and shop.
Retirement is a great time to sharpen your skills on the passions and pastimes that you love. Spend time in the movie theatre, workshop, recreation room, billiards room, and library.
Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa pool, gym, and bowling green.
Care is not an ‘add on’ at a Ryman village, it is built into the fabric of our villages from the very beginning. It’s comforting for couples and friends to know they can still be near each other even if their health needs are different.
William Sanders care centre offers a range of care options including resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. Like all aspects of our villages, we constantly look for ways to improve both the care we provide and the innovation behind it. Care is customised using our myRyman care app and residents love the food in our seasonal Delicious menu, which is prepared fresh on site by village chefs.
Personal attention, warmth and building trusting relationships are all crucial to the customised care we provide at our care centres.
Nurturing and caring dementia care communities. Residents are supported to live in the moment, and to feel kindness, love, and security.
If you would like more information our village manager will be happy to help.
Treat yourself to a pamper session in our hair and beauty salon or a sweet treat in the shop.
Lounge and dining areas provide spaces to relax and enjoy mealtimes. The food tastes great and the social interaction is good for the soul.
Tranquil indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to our care residents allow you to relax and meet with family and friends.
The Museum is the kaitiaki (guardian) of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s memory; telling its story and educating New Zealanders about the Navy’s role in the development of New Zealand. There is also an onsite café and playground.
Narrow Neck Beach is a lovely stretch of golden sand with views of Rangitoto Island where locals enjoy walking, kayaking and fishing in the picturesque setting. The facilities include a cafe, seating areas, BBQ area and small playground.
The Devonport Ferry connects Devonport with the Auckland CBD. With the ferry journey only 12-15 minutes long, you can quickly pop over for lunch or dinner. Because the Waitemata harbour is so scenic, the trip will often seem even shorter!
That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.
Lieutenant Commander William Edward Sanders was a brave and dedicated naval officer in WWI who competently led his men through incredibly trying times. He is the only New Zealander to have been awarded the Victoria Cross in a naval action.
Born in Auckland in 1883, Sanders gained an appreciation and love for water while swimming and sailing on school excursions to Lake Takapuna. He earned his extra-master's certificate in Sydney in 1914 before joining the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand. Having applied for the Royal Naval Reserve early during the war, it wasn’t until 1916 when Sanders was commissioned as a submarine lieutenant.
Following mine-sweeping services in the English Channel, Sanders volunteered for submarine decoy vessels, otherwise known as special service ships or Q-ships. Sanders experience was sought after as these sailing ships required men with sailing expertise.
His first patrol as captain in April 1917 saw Sanders lead his crew through an attack from a German U-boat. His determination and calm demeanour as he crawled along the ship reassuring his crew is what earned him the Victoria Cross. He received the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander.
Sanders was killed in a torpedo attack later in 1917 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order posthumously. Several memorials have been built in his honour including the Sanders Cup yachting trophy and the Sanders Memorial Scholarship at the University of Auckland.
Read more about the brave and courageous life of William Sanders in the biography 'Sanders, William Edward’ by Denis Fairfax on the Te Ara encyclopedia website.