Nestled in the heart of Waikiwi

Wonderfully located in the heart of Waikiwi, Rowena Jackson Village is nestled amongst beautifully landscaped gardens which creates a peaceful and lush environment for residents. Features include architecturally designed townhouses, assisted-living apartments and a care centre. If your needs change over time, our state-of-the-art care centre provides 154 care rooms offering rest home, hospital and specialist dementia care. Rowena Jackson 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 Rowena Jackson Village

The amenities include an all-weather bowling green, café, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, library, gymnasium, hair salon, bar, shop and movie theatre.

There is always something to do; from organised events and shopping trips, to activities that inspire movement. The measure of a full life at Rowena Jackson Village is certainly one that will get richer with age. 

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

Find your new home

Upcoming events at Rowena Jackson

Independent and assisted living


Rowena Jackson 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 café, 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 movie theatre, 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 include a swimming pool, spa pool, terrace, 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.

Rowena Jackson 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. 


Accommodation premium

At Rowena Jackson 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 $17 to $33 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 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?

RJ Bill Richardson Transport World

Bill Richardson Transport World

Experience the worlds largest private automotive museum of it's kind with more than 300 classic car. If cars aren't your thing, take in the wearable arts collection, movie theatre or children's play zones.


Queens Park

Sprawling over 80 hectares in central Invercargill, Queens Park has stunning gardens, a bird aviary and animal enclosures. Take a stroll around the gardens and or enjoy a picnic in the park.

RJ chocolate

The Seriously Good Chocolate Factory

Tantilise your taste buds with locally made chocolate treats from The Seriously Good Chocolate Factory. Eat in at their café or have your sweet treat to go.


Pioneering is part of who we are



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.

Rowena Jackson (1926)

Prima ballerina Rowena Jackson MBE was a poised and delicate performer. Her stunning technique astounded all who had the pleasure of watching her perform. Born in Invercargill in 1926, Jackson attended high school in Auckland and soon after won the first Royal Academy of Dancing Scholarship in New Zealand.

In 1940, Jackson set a world record by performing 121 fouettés sur place (pirouette-style turns) before leaving to perform in England with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. This saw the promising young dancer undertake intensive ballet studies where she mastered her artform and went on to join the school’s coveted ballet company at Covent Garden.

Best recognised for her assisting roles in Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the elegant dancer had an exceptional talent for rapid pirouettes. February of 1954 saw Jackson’s promotion to the honour of prima ballerina – a title reserved for only the most outstanding dancers. Jackson then toured Europe and North America from 1954 to ‘59 with the Royal Ballet.

After marrying her husband and fellow dancer Philip Chatfield in 1958, the couple returned to New Zealand. Jackson joined the New Zealand Ballet Company, taking the role of Artistic Director. For her significant contribution to New Zealand ballet, Jackson was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to ballet in 1961.

Jackson was passionately devoted to honing her ballet skills, ensuring every move was perfect. Graceful and lithe, the dancer set an example for aspiring ballerinas by her dedication to dance, in conjunction with her resolute work ethic.

The book entitled Rowena Jackson and Philip Chatfield (Dancers of Today Series) by Cyril Swinson takes the reader into the depths of this dynamic dancing duo’s lives and their unfettered affection for ballet.