Retire in style and admire the sea views 

William Sanders Village is a thriving retirement community located on Ngataringa Road in the historic seaside village of Devonport.  

This character-filled suburb has many charming eateries, shops and beaches, and locals often say they can't imagine living anywhere else. Many residents simply moved up the road from their family home to the village, enabling them to stay within their local community without the stress of house maintenance.

William Sanders Village offers an idyllic coastal lifestyle with fabulous views and access to onsite amenities such as a café, bar, hair and beauty salon, workshop, library, swimming pool and spa, gym, and bowling green. 

Brand new independent and assisted living apartments 

Enjoy the best of independent retirement living with brand new apartments available now. These are built to the highest specifications and have an abundance of light. They’re generously proportioned, with seamless indoor-outdoor flow to a covered patio or balcony, and many have glorious views over the harbour and beyond.

Our spacious assisted living apartments come with support packages that make life easier, such as housekeeping and a chef-prepared meal every day. You can choose the level of support that best suits you.

Range of care options 

William Sanders Village offers a range of options in our state-of-the-art care centre providing rest home care, hospital care, and specialist dementia care.

Come for a visit 

Come along and see for yourself what makes William Sanders Village such a wonderful place to live. No matter where you are on your retirement journey, it’s a community where you can live life to the full. 

Take a look inside an assisted-living apartment

Take a tour of a William Sanders apartment

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Upcoming events at William Sanders

Independent and assisted living


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.

We also offer assisted-living apartment and a range of care options.  Its 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 standard deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent – one of the lowest in the retirement sector.

*Some conditions apply. 

Independent and assisted-living amenities

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Connect and unwind

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. 

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Skills and passions

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.

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Active and thriving

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.

"The people here are absolutely fantastic. They welcome you, and I love that."

Jennett McGaw - Independent resident 


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.  


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman villages just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our guide. 


Our retirement villages offer a range of care options - not as an add-on, but woven into the fabric of our villages.

William Sanders care centre offers a range of care options including rest home, 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. 

Accommodation premium

At William Sanders Village, our private care rooms provide superior accommodation – you'll enjoy a spacious room with a private ensuite. The price of your private care room depends on the type of room you select. This will be clearly outlined in your admission agreement.

Accommodation premiums range from $59 to $93 per day

If you would like more information our village manager will be happy to help.

Care centre amenities


A little pampering

Treat yourself to a pamper session in our hair and beauty salon or a sweet treat in the shop. 


Relax and connect

Lounge and dining areas provide spaces to relax and enjoy mealtimes. The food tastes great and the social interaction is good for the soul.

Calm space

Calm spaces

Tranquil indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to our care residents allow you to relax and meet with family and friends.

"My wife is being looked after very well. It gives me a sense of relief."

Brian - Independent resident 


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.


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman care centres just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our care guide. 

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?

Navy Museum

Navy Museum - Torpedo Bay

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.

Narrowneck beach

Narrowneck Beach

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.

Ferry terminal

Ferry Terminal

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!




Each Ryman village is named in honour of a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer: Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page. They pushed further and set the bar high for others to aspire to. In creating communities that challenge the expectations of ageing, Ryman villages are also setting the bar high. They’re demonstrating that a retirement lifestyle brimming with new experiences, connections and fulfilment is something we should aspire to. Our Kiwi and Aussie namesakes represent the measure of inspiration, while Ryman villages represent the measure of retirement living.

William Sanders (1883-1917)

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.