Friendly community, handy location

If Christchurch is the garden city, then Diana Isaac is the garden village! Located off East Ellington Drive in Mairehau, you’ll pass Walter Park as you make your way to the village entrance, perfect for walking the dog or taking the grandkids for a play. A tranquil walk around the pretty townhouses will showcase beautifully landscaped gardens and pot plants full of colour. 

You’ll find Oderings Garden Centre at the rear entrance of the village, as well as the new Christchurch Northern Corridor motorway providing easy access out of the city. As for convenience, the Palms Shopping Centre and Merivale Mall are both less than 10 minutes away.

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. Diana Isaac 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 Diana Isaac Village.

Inside the village, community and connection are woven into the lifestyle. It’s evident in the ever-popular weekly Happy Hour and the fine dining evenings that are regularly sold out. However, most importantly, it’s evident in the genuine care of your fellow neighbours and the village team.

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

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Upcoming events at Diana Isaac

Showstoppers: The Showbiz Singers

Location: 1 Lady Isaac Way, Mairehau, Christchurch, 8052

Sunday 21 July, 2pm

Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon of musical theatre hits with Showstoppers: The Showbiz Singers!

A fun and relaxed singing group, bringing you all your favourite show tunes in one amazing concert. Expect show stopping songs from a range of musicals from different eras.

So if you’re ready to experience the magic of musical theatre, come and join Showstoppers: The Showbiz Singers.

To top it all off we’ll even provide drinks and nibbles.

RSVP is essential. Call Adrienne or Chris on 03 385 3518 to secure your place.

For more information, contact us

Independent and assisted living


Diana Isaac 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

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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 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 pool table, movie theatre and library.


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.

Diana Isaac 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. 

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

GJ 4-year cert - Dec 2020 - Dec 2024 - White space

Accommodation premium

At Diana Isaac 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 $54 to $83 per day

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

Care centre amenities

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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 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?


Walter Park 

This park not far from the village is perfect to take the grandchildren to, with a playground and plenty of space to run around the kids will love it. 


Oderings Garden Centre

If you’ve got a green thumb then Oderings Garden Centre is the perfect place for you, with a massive range of landscaping products as well as shrubs and other small plants and accessories.


Buller Stream Walkway

Buller Stream Walkway is a nice track to walk right next to the village and at only 10 minutes from start to finish is nice for a casual stroll. 




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.

Lady Diana Isaac (1921 – 2012)

Lady Diana Isaac is the epitome of a force of nature. As a New Zealand conservationist, businesswoman, philanthropist, and arts patron, Diana had a profound impact on the development of Christchurch.

Born in England, Diana met a Timaru man named Neil Isaac on an Indian-bound troopship during World War II. They settled in Christchurch in 1950 where she carried out the bulk of her visionary work.

While Diana is well known for establishing Isaac Construction with her husband, she was also dedicated to the people and development of Christchurch. This included creating scholarships at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, sponsoring the Isaac Theatre Royal, supporting the Christchurch Art Gallery, and setting up the Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation.

The Isaac’s 1000-hectare quarry was transformed into a wildlife conservation park, Peacock Springs. The park houses endangered native wildlife and plants creating a pivotal haven for the study and breeding of indigenous fauna and flora.

In honour of her extraordinary service to the Christchurch community, received the Queen’s Service Medal in 1990 and was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009. Diana was also commemorated with a bronze bust sculpture as one of the ‘Twelve Local Heroes’ for her positive impact on Christchurch.