Unique design meets picture perfect 

Kevin Hickman Retirement Village is selling now and will offer a contemporary village design set in picture perfect surroundings. The village will be unique to anything Ryman has built in Canterbury before.

Nestled alongside Riccarton Park Racecourse, the village overlooks the racecourse, a feature pond and lush manicured gardens. So, even if racing isn’t your thing, the tranquil setting surely will be. Situated to the west of Christchurch city, the village will also enjoy views to the iconic Port Hills, and with Yaldhurst Road running parallel to the village, you’ll have a direct route to the heart of the city.

Townhouses feature a contemporary design aesthetic with asymmetrical exterior roofs. The village itself offers a newly designed café, a viewing lounge and bar that overlook the pond, and scenic pathways and gardens that weave their way around the village. Everywhere you turn there’s something to see.

The village will provide independent living in apartments and townhouses, assisted-living apartments, as well as a state-of-the-art care centre that includes resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. So, if down the track your needs change, we can continue looking after you.

As for convenience, The Hub Hornby, Avonhead Mall and Bush Inn Mall are close by offering an endless choice of shops, amenities and cafés, plus Christchurch airport is merely 3.5km from the village. For a little weekend entertainment, the golf driving range is just next door, and the bowling club and Sunday Riccarton Market are both located within the neighbouring racecourse grounds.

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Immerse yourself in a virtual tour of a townhouse at our wonderful Kevin Hickman village. 

You can navigate your way through each featured room and really get a feel for the space. All without leaving your house. 

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Independent and assisted living


Kevin Hickman Village will offer 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.

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 dialed 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 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 will offer amenities that encourage that sense of togetherness, such as a café, dining room, bar, hair and beauty salon, reflection room and shop. 


Skills and passions

Retirement is a great time to sharpen your skills on the passions and pastimes that you love. You will be able to spend time enjoying the workshop, race track spectator platform, cinema, craft room, pool table, and library.


Active and thriving

Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. Amenities will include a swimming pool, spa pool, woodland forest walk, 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. 

Aged care when you need it

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.

Kevin Hickman Retirement Village care centre will offer 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. 

Care centre amenities


A little pampering

You will be able to 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 will 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 will 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?


Riccarton Park Racecourse

The racecourse is home to over 20 race days each season including New Zealand Cup Meeting in November. It is also home to the Riccarton Sunday market (on site every Sunday) which features food and live music.


Riccarton Park Golf Complex

This 30 bay golf driving range complete with targets and an 18-hole adventure Mini Golf course is just a short walk from the village. 


Rosella Reserve 

Featuring a children’s playground, beautiful trees and space for the kids to run around this park is only a minutes’ walk from the village.




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.

Kevin Hickman

Kevin Hickman ONZM is a serial entrepreneur. A highly competitive innovator, Kevin saw an opportunity to deliver better quality healthcare in Aotearoa.

A co-founder of Ryman Healthcare, Kevin was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service to aged care and sport. He and John Ryder formed Ryman after Kevin was called to investigate a rest home fire in Christchurch.

Having left school to join the New Zealand Police, Kevin quickly rose through the ranks to become a detective. An entrepreneur at heart, Kevin left the police in the early 1980s to set up an independent investigation business. John Ryder provided Kevin with accountancy advice.

In 1983 Kevin was called to investigate a rest home fire. He didn’t like what he saw. The rest home residents lacked both privacy and dignity. And he thought to himself that he’d never want his mother living in those conditions. Kevin saw an opportunity to do better. He and John Ryder formed Ryman Healthcare – a combination of their names – with a vision to provide care that “had to be good enough for mum”.

He and John had already owned a number of companies together. From a backpacker hostel to a chain of garden centers, so the duo knew what it took to build a successful company. Kevin applied his passion and drive to pioneering a long line of firsts in the New Zealand retirement industry and Ryman Healthcare grew to become the largest operator in Aotearoa.

While business kept him busy, Kevin always made time for his other passion: sport. A keen sportsman and athletics coach in his spare time, he was named New Zealand Athletics Coach of the year in 1999. Upon retirement as Managing Director of Ryman in 2006, Kevin shifted his focus to building his Matamata thoroughbred horse stud, Valachi Downs, with his wife Joanna. Their thoroughbred filly Silent Achiever won the New Zealand Derby in 2012.

Kevin remained a Ryman Board director until retiring from the post in 2018. In addition to his ONZM, Kevin and John Ryder were inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2020.