Retirement living in a garden oasis

Ngaio Marsh Village is conveniently located near Northlands Mall in Papanui and just up the road from the popular suburb of Merivale offering boutique shopping, eateries, cafés, and supermarkets. Surrounded by award winning gardens, this village provides a tranquil setting alongside a warm and welcoming community.

Living options to suit everyone

Our sunny, north-facing townhouses are designed to cater to your needs, providing comfort and style with an easy flow throughout. You can also choose from the extra support offered by our assisted living apartments. If your needs change over time, our care centre provides 114 care rooms offering rest home and hospital care. Ngaio Marsh 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 Ngaio Marsh Village.

Reconnect with nature and enjoy the amenities

Take a stroll along the nearby Papanui Stream Walk or enjoy the picturesque river which meanders through the village creating a home for ducklings and other wildlife. You’ll also love the amenities including an all-weather bowling green, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, atrium, library, gym, hair salon, bar, shop and croquet lawn. There is always something to do should you wish; from activities that inspire movement to organised events and shopping trips.

Come in and look around for yourself, and discover why the community at Ryman’s Ngaio Marsh Village is consistently praised for its welcoming atmosphere.

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

Take a virtual tour of Ngaio Marsh village

Look inside a Ngaio Marsh townhouse



"It's a peaceful, happy way to live."


Upcoming events at Ngaio Marsh

Independent and assisted living


Ngaio Marsh 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.

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 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 craft room, pool table, 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, terrace, gym, bowling green, croquet lawn, and putting 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.

Ngaio Marsh care centre offers the best of rest home and hospital 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. 

Ngaio Marsh 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.

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Accommodation premium

At Ngaio Marsh 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 $42.00 to $80 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. 

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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.

"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.


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?


Northlands Mall

One of Christchurch’s largest malls is just down the road, with supermarkets, restaurants and all the shopping you could wish for.  


Merivale Mall

This boutique mall offers some higher end shops, restaurants and bars with plenty of parking is a short drive down Papanui road from the village. 


St James Park 

This beautiful park has something for everyone, a croquet club, a playground for the grandchildren, beautiful gardens and open spaces and in the lead up to winter Monarch butterflies seek shelter in the trees. 




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.

Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982)

A revered writer and theatre director, Dame Ngaio Marsh DBE was born in Christchurch in 1895 and remains a prominent international name to this day. Highly regarded for her detective novels during the 1920s and ‘30s, Marsh is often praised as one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ alongside other writing greats like Agatha Christie.

The gifted author earned numerous awards throughout her fruitful career and is well known for the 32 crime fiction and detective novels she wrote between 1934 and 1982. Marsh was appointed a Dame Commander for her services to the arts in the 1966 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Marsh’s passion for theatre lives on today. The devoted director supported and sustained New Zealand’s theatre industry from its origins. She also spent time painting and acting, although writing and directing that was her true passion.

With a firm admiration for Shakespearean theatre, these were the plays that constituted the majority of the director’s repertoire. Marsh’s commanding, off-beat style of directing allowed even the most apprehensive actors to shine.

1965 saw Marsh write an autobiography named Black Beech and Honeydew, which was revised and updated in 1981. The compelling read commemorates this remarkably adept woman’s life and work.