Retire with breathtaking views

Located in Khandallah, our Malvina Major Village enjoys stunning views overlooking the Ngauranga Gorge and across Wellington Harbour. Features include architecturally designed independent 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 116 care rooms offering resthome and hospital care. Malvina Major 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, gym, 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.

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Ryman Pioneers Freedom


Malvina Major village offers living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our apartments 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*, 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 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 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.

Malvina Major care centre offers resthome and hospital 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. 

Malvina Major 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.

MM 4-year cert - Oct 2018 - Oct 2022 - White space



Personal attention, warmth and building trusting relationships are all crucial to the customised care we provide at our care centres.


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 Malvina Major 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 $31.00 to $51.50 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


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?

New Zealand walking track

Otari Wilton's Bush

Escape the city to Otari Wilton’s Bush which has over 100 hectares of native bush. Take in the native botanic gardens or wander one of the many bush walks.

Garden centre

Twigland Gardeners World

Restyle your interior for summer with some new house plants from Twigland Gardeners World.


Khandallah Village

Visit Khandallah Village for the local supermarket, medical centre, pharmacy and post office. There is also a selection of boutique style shops.


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.

Dame Malvina Major

As a New Zealand opera soprano, Dame Malvina Major has enjoyed a career of accolades. Talented from a young age as a member of a large musical family, Dame Malvina travelled weekly to Ponsonby, Auckland to receive opera tuition.

Later, Dame Malvina moved to London for further study at the London Opera Centre. She went on to have an exceptional career, performing more than 30 opera roles in their original languages on performance stages around the world.

In 1985 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to opera and promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to opera and the community in 1991. In 2009 she was made a Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Committed to the future of opera and passionate about helping young New Zealanders achieve their musical goals, Dame Malvina founded the Dame Malvina Foundation. This was established to provide training and awards for young New Zealanders in the performing arts. She continues to teach as Professor of Voice at the University of Waikato.

Viva Malvina! The Lives of Dame Malvina Major by Joy Tonks outlines this influential opera singer’s life and career.