Stunning views of Tasman Bay and Mt Arthur

Wonderfully located in Stoke, Nelson, Ernest Rutherford Village encompasses sweeping views of the bay and beyond. Features include architecturally designed townhouses and apartments, assisted-living apartments and a care centre, set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. If your needs change over time, our state-of-the-art care centre provides 94 care rooms offering resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. Ernest Rutherford care centre is located within the same village community and, as a Ryman resident, you will have priority access. 

The amenities include a brand-new café, all-weather bowling green, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, internal atrium, library, gym, hair salon, bar and shop.

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 Ernest Rutherford Village by viewing our virtual tour. 

Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into a beautiful townhouse, 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 Ernest Rutherford

Nelson Male Choir

Location: 49 Covent Drive, Stoke, Nelson, 7011

Monday 15 August, 6pm

You're invited to join us for a performance by the Nelson Male Voice Choir.

With over 25 members, their voices of harmony will bring back a flood of memories. Wine and cheese will be served from 6pm followed by the performance at 6.30pm.

There will also be a donations bucket if you would like to donate to the choir.

An evening not to be missed!

This will be a covid-safe event and RSVP is essential. Call Jacqui on 03 538 0882 to secure your place.

For more information, contact us

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Presentation

Location: 49 Covent Drive, Stoke, Nelson, 7011

Thursday 25 August, 2pm

Come along and learn all about what's happening at the wonderful Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, the largest fenced sanctuary for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island. Close to Nelson city but hidden away, it’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand native bush, breathe deeply and engage.

The talk will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

This will be a covid-safe event and RSVP is essential. Call Jacqui on 03 538 0882 to secure your place.

For more information, contact us

Ryman Pioneers Freedom

Ernest Rutherford 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 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. 

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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.

Ernest Rutherford 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. 

Ernest Rutherford 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.

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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 Ernest Rutherford 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 $35.00 to $67.50 per day

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

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

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?

Pics peanut butter

Pic's Peanut Butter World

Visit the home of Pic’s Peanut Butter. Take a tour of the factory and watch their famous peanut butter being made before being treated to a delicious taste test.

Nelson Classic Car Museum

Nelson Classic Car Museum

Nelson Classic Car Museum is home to more than 150 immaculate classic cars. You could also grab a coffee at the onsite café, Little Engine Eatery, and enjoy some shopping at the Museum Store.

Broadgreen house and gardens

Broadgreen Historic House & Rose Garden

Marvel at these beautiful gardens with over 3000 plants including many rose varieties brought by early settlers.


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.

Ernest Rutherford (1871–1937)

Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford is remembered as one of the greatest scientists in history for his ability to make imaginative leaps in the field of physics and design experiments to test his theories. In 1917 he became the first person to split the atom and is referred to as the father of nuclear physics to this day.

Ernest Rutherford received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908, was knighted in 1914, decorated with the Order of Merit in 1925, and made a Baron in 1931 among many other honours.

Relentless in his pursuit of progress, Rutherford made three major discoveries in his career, paving the way for future discoveries. A gentle natured man with a deep passion for science and the betterment of humanity, Rutherford expressed his hope that no one would discover how to extract the energy of the atom until man was ‘living at peace with his neighbours’. Nuclear fission was discovered after his death and used to build nuclear weapons, just as Rutherford had feared.

Ernest Rutherford’s published works include Radioactive Transformations and Using the Resources of the Country Church. Naomi Pasachoff wrote Ernest Rutherford: Father of Nuclear Science, originally published in 2005.