Modern village, rural feel

Located on Charles Upham Drive, Rangiora, the village is nestled amongst peaceful surroundings and is conveniently located close to the town centre shops. There's a lifestyle option to suit everyone at the village. You will be able to choose from a townhouse, 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 120 care rooms offering rest home, hospital and dementia care. Charles Upham care centre is located within the same village community and, as a Ryman resident, you will have priority access over non-residents at the time of your transfer. Should a space for the type of care the village offers be unavailable at the time of your transfer, we will do our best to accommodate you at another Ryman village that provides the level of care you need* until a space becomes available at Charles Upham Village.

The amenities include an all-weather bowling green, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, library, gym, hair and beauty salon, bar, shop, movie theatre, and café.

There is always something to do; from organised events and shopping trips, to activities that inspire movement. The measure of a full life at Charles Upham Village is certainly one that will get richer with age. 

*Care options vary between villages, please check with our team for details of the care offered at each village. 

Upcoming events at Charles Upham

Independent and assisted living


Charles Upham Village offers living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our apartments and townhouses 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 or townhouse*, 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


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. 


Skills and passions

Retirement is a great time to sharpen your skills on the passions and pastimes that you love. Spend time enjoying the movie theatre, workshop, craft room, pool table, and library.

Bowling green

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 community garden.

"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.

Charles Upham 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. 

Charles Upham is one of over 90% of established Ryman villages that have been awarded 4-year certification by the Ministry of Health. It’s recognised as the ‘gold standard’ in care.

CU 4-year cert - Nov 2020 - Nov 2024 - White space

Accommodation premium

At Charles Upham 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 $49 to $91 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 spaces

Tranquil 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?


Town Hall Movie Theatre 

This historic theatre dates back to the early 1900’s and shows both current movies and some of the classics, with good off-street parking and some tasty snacks movie night doesn’t get better.  


Conway Lane 

This quaint lane a short drive from the village is home to a great selection of cafés, high fashion shopping and homeware stores. 


Victoria Park 

In the heart of the township this park has a lovely rose garden, park benches and nice shaded areas and is located close to the library and the retail precinct. 




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.

Charles Upham (1908 – 1994)

Fiercely loyal, determined, and selfless, Charles Upham was the only combat soldier to earn the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, twice. Due to his exceptional bravery, Charles is the most highly decorated Commonwealth soldier of World War II. He’s remembered for his staunch commitment to his fellow soldiers and his country.

While valiant, Charles was a humble man. When he heard of his first Victoria Cross award, he stated “It’s meant for the men”. Later, when King George VI remarked how unusual it was for someone to be awarded a bar to the Victoria Cross, Major-General Howard Kippenberger replied, “In my respectful opinion, sir, Upham won the VC several times over.”

The fearlessness Charles displayed on the battlefield was mirrored during his time in various German prisoner of war camps. He was labelled ‘dangerous’ following repeated escape attempts including jumping from a train at high speed. When the Americans liberated the POW camp where Charles was interned, he promptly joined an American unit ready to fight again but was instead sent to Britain for the final five months of WWII.

Upon his return to New Zealand, affluent community members raised £10,000 for Charles to buy a farm. He respectfully declined. Instead, the money founded the C. H. Upham Scholarship for children of ex-servicemen to study at the college of Canterbury or Lincoln University. His persistence and bravery are documented in the biography Mark of the Lion by Kenneth Sandford.