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.
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.
Immerse yourself in our wonderful Diana Isaac Village by viewing our virtual tour.
Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into our beautiful townhouses, apartments or care rooms. 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.
Entomologist and ‘Bug Man’ Ruud Kleinpaste is one of the insect world’s best friends. Ruud migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons) in silviculture, animal ecology and conservation from Wageningen University.
Ruud studied kiwi in Waitangi Forest and worked as a scientist with the Ministry of Agriculture (now MPI) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication, and consultancy on his own.
Newstalk ZB’s Ruud’s Awakening was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years. Television programmes were numerous and varied over the past 25 years, with highlights including Maggie’s Garden Show, What Now? and various series for Animal Planet and Discovery Channel (Buggin’ with Ruud, etc).
Join us for an afternoon with Ruud as we hear insights from his fascinating bug filled career and learn how he spends his time in recent years. Followed by afternoon tea this event is not to be missed!
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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.
If down the track you need more support, we offer assisted living in a serviced apartment and a full 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.
Serviced apartments come with support you can count on. A chef-prepared meal, housekeeping – it's great for you and reassuring for your family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diana Isaac care centre offers a full 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.
Diana Isaac is one of over 80 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.
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.
If you would like more information our village manager will be happy to help.
Treat yourself to a pamper session in our hair and beauty salon or a sweet treat in the shop.
Lounge and dining areas provide spaces to relax and enjoy mealtimes. The food tastes great and the social interaction is good for the soul.
Tranquil indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to our care residents allow you to relax and meet with family and friends.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.