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 rest home, 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 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 Ernest Rutherford Village.

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; from organised events and shopping trips, to activities that inspire movement. The measure of a full life at Ernest Rutherford 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 Ernest Rutherford

Independent and assisted living


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.

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. 

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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.

"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.

Ernest Rutherford 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. 

Ernest Rutherford is one of over 90% of established Ryman villages that have been awarded 4-year certification by the Ministry of Health. It’s recognised as the ‘gold standard’ in care.

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Accommodation premium

At Ernest Rutherford Village, our private care rooms provide superior accommodation – you'll enjoy a spacious room with a private ensuite and a 32-inch Smart TV. 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 $40 to $81 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 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.


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?

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.




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.

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.