The best of Beckenham close by

The Essie Summers Retirement Village is located close to Beckenham’s wonderful community facilities, including a supermarket, library, cafés and specialty boutique stores. There's a lifestyle option to suit everyone at the village. You can choose from a townhouse to the extra support of an assisted-living apartment.

If your needs change over time, our state-of-the-art care centre provides 95 care rooms offering resthome, hospital and dementia care. Essie Summers care centre is located within the same village community and, as a Ryman resident, you will have priority access.

The amenities include a library, atrium, hair salon, pool table, bar, village centre and shop.

There is always something to do at the village, with activities and events to suit everyone; from organised events and shopping trips, to activities that inspire movement. It’s certainly a place where you can live life to the full.

Take a virtual tour

Immerse yourself in our wonderful Essie Summers village by viewing our virtual tour. 

Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into a beautiful townhouse, serviced apartment or care room. You can navigate your way through each featured room or area of the village and really get a feel for the space. All without leaving your house. 

The menu at top left shows different areas of the village for easy navigation.



"I feel very secure and happy."


All upcoming village events at Essie Summers

An Afternoon with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Location: 222 Colombo St, Beckenham, Christchurch, 8023

Wednesday 24 August, 2.30pm

You're invited to join us for a dazzling afternoon with the RNZB dancers. Hear all about what life is like performing for this prestigious company and the current Ryman Healthcare season of Cinderella.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to ask the dancers questions. To top it all off we'll provide the drinks and nibbles, making this an afternoon not to be missed!

This will be a covid-safe event and RSVP is essential. Call Lynne on 03 337 6500 to secure your place.

For more information, contact us

Ryman Pioneers Freedom


Essie Summers village offers living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our townhouses 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 or townhouse*, 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.  


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

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

Jennett McGaw
Independent resident 

Independent and assisted-living amenities

ES Hair Salon

Connect and unwind

Community is central to the lifestyle so we offer amenities that encourage that sense of togetherness, such as a dining room, hair and beauty salon and shop. 

ES Library

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 and library.

ES Atrium

Active and thriving

Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. Amenities include a terrace and billiards room.

Pioneers Care


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.

Essie Summers 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. 

Essie Summers is one of over 91 percent 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.

ES 4-year cert - July 2019 - July 2023 - White space


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. 

Accommodation premium

At Essie Summers 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 $39 to $71 per day

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

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

Independent resident 

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.

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Calm spaces

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

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?


Victoria Park 

Victoria park is one of the best recreational areas in Christchurch, with planted gardens and pine forest and a variety of walking tracks, there is also mountain biking tracks for the more adventurous souls. 


Heathcote River 

There are a number of great spots along this river to sit and feed the ducks or read a book, or walk the paths either side of the river, and maybe stop off for a coffee at one of the local shops along the way. 
Image credit: Jocelyn Kinghorn


South Library

Situated alongside the Heathcote River, the South Library provides facilities for locals to sit and read, chat over coffee and learn. Just a short stroll down the road from the village you’ll enjoy this peaceful space.


Pioneering is part of who we are



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.

Essie Summers (1912–1998)

Essie Summers stories have been relished for more than forty years. Summers, known as New Zealand’s Queen of Romance, sold more than 19 million copies of her romance novels in 105 countries.

Her vivid descriptions of the landscapes and people of New Zealand led to her being awarded The Order of the British Empire for her contributions to tourism in New Zealand.

Resilient in the face of adversity, Summers had been writing for a decade before her work was first published. A career of short stories, poetry, and newspaper columns ensued until her first novel was published by Mills & Boon in 1957.

Summers met her husband at the age of 13 but waited another 13 years until she agreed to marry him. She divided her time between her duties as a minister’s wife, their two children, and her writing.

The heroines depicted in her books share her pioneering traits; they’re brave, caring, intelligent, and continue to work after marriage which was uncommon at the time. Meanwhile, the heroes are never violent. While not considered a feminist in her time, her work is now categorised as both feminist and pacifist.

The Essie Summers Story autobiography depicts her life and was published in 1974 by Mills & Boon.