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 resthome, 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. 

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 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 Rowena Jackson village by viewing our virtual tour.

Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into a beautiful apartment, assisted-living 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.

All upcoming village events at Rowena Jackson

Ryman Pioneers Freedom


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.

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


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.

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.

Rowena Jackson 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. 

Rowena Jackson 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.

RJ 4-year cert - July 2018 - July 2022 - 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 Rowena Jackson Village, our private rooms provide superior accommodation – you'll enjoy a spacious room with a private ensuite.*

The price of your private room depends on the type of room you select. This will be clearly outlined in your admission agreement.
Accommodation premiums range from $11.50 to $18.50 per day

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

*Room layouts can vary, please check with the village.

"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.


Calm spaces

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

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



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.

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.