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Merivale Retirement Village
Retirement Village
27 Somme Street
Saint Albans
Christchurch 8014
Postal Address
Same as above
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Harry Kaur - 03 375 4117
Metlifecare Limited - 0800 909 303
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Sharryn Pidgeon - 03 375 4392
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Welcome to Metlifecare’s Merivale Retirement Village, your home in the heart of one of Christchurch’s most sought-after suburbs. Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and near the central city, our friendly village is a place where you can live the life you choose with everything you need and love close by.

Within our neighbourly environment you’ll discover a range of spacious, quality accommodation choices, comprehensive care options and social opportunities on tap. We’re committed to bringing you maintenance-free living in a safe and harmonious environment, grounded by our values of respect, dignity, care and compassion.

Here at Merivale, you’re free to be as active or as relaxed as you’d like. Browse the shelves in our library, meet friends in a choice of luxurious lounge areas, visit the on-site hair stylist or entertain family in our vibrant cafe. Take a stroll through gorgeously landscaped grounds or enjoy the view from architecturally designed accommodation buildings. Plus, with public transport and entertainment options at the village doorstep, you’ll never run out of ways to enjoy your day.

Your health, wellbeing and personal fulfillment is everything to us. Our friendly, highly trained staff are here to provide you with world-class support should you need it. If your needs change over time, our range of options from independent or serviced apartments, through to an on-site rest home offering hospital level care, means you can be cared for in the village.

At Merivale, you’ll be supported and empowered to live the life you want in a warm and happy home environment. We know each person has different needs, aspirations, values and customs. We’ll nurture your individuality, respect your independence and enable you to lead a full, enriched life – whatever that looks like to you.

We are proud to have created a vibrant, caring enclave here at Merivale Retirement Village. It would be our pleasure to welcome you for a visit so you can experience it firsthand.
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Available Properties
Available Properties
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Spacious Serviced Apartments


Bed 1 Bath 1

Property Type: Serviced Apartment

Our purpose-built serviced apartments are for retirees seeking a touch of daily support, built for optimum comfort, ease and security. Maintain your independence, with our package designed to allow yo...

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Newly Refurbished Apartments


Bed 1 Bath 1

Property Type: Apartment

Be impressed by these newly refurbished, one and two bedroom apartments. Bright, secure, and perfectly positioned for sun, with a choice of layouts ensuring you can find your ideal home. Located in th...

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Agent's Details
Agent's Details
Address 27 Somme Street
City/Town Christchurch 8014
Company Merivale Retirement Village
Phone (03) 375 4117

Updated: 2 Dec 2022

Statutory Supervisor's Details
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Name Covenant Trustee Services Ltd
Address Box 4243 Shortland Street
City/Town Auckland
Company Covenant Trustee Services Ltd
Phone (09) 302 0638
Fax (09) 302 1037

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

Solicitor's Details
Solicitor's Details
Name In-house Legal Counsel
Address PO Box 37463
City/Town Parnell, Auckland
Company Metlifecare Limited
Phone 0800 909 303

Updated: 10 Apr 2024

Composition of Village
Composition of Village
Type Details
Serviced Apartments 1-Bedroom (up to Rest Home Level Care) (1 Bedroom)
Low Price$405,000
Tenure TermsLicence to Occupy
Surrender DetailsTotal 30% deduction of the licence accrued over the first 3 years at 10% per annum
Nursing Care DetailsA flexible service package to suit your needs
Palazzo Suites -1 Bedroom Apartments (1 Bedroom)
Low Price$490,000
Tenure TermsLicence to Occupy - Independent
Surrender DetailsTotal 30% deduction of the licence accrued over the first 3 years at 10% per annum
Palazzo Suites - 2 Bedroom Apartment (2 Bedrooms)
Low Price$565,000
Tenure TermsLicence to Occupy - Independent Living
Surrender DetailsTotal 30% deduction of the licence accrued over the first 3 years at 10% per annum

Updated: 23 May 2024

Personnel & Services
Personnel & Services
Personnel / Service Hours Per Week Status Details
Hairdresser Yes The salon is open every Thursdays and Fridays, bookings can be made through reception or set up a regular appointment with our hairdresser.
Podiatrist Yes A podiatrist visits our village fortnightly. Please see reception to find out more.
Physiotherapist Yes Please see reception to find out more.
Occupational Therapist Yes
Diversional Therapist Yes
Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor Yes We offer monthly Anglican services and fortnightly Catholic prayer meetings.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes
Meals - Available On-site Yes
Home Help - Available On-site Yes We offer full services to our villa and apartment residents with tailormade flexible package options.
Home Help - External Provider Negotiable Nurse Maude or other providers into independent villas, as preferred by residents and/or referred by their GP
Registered Nurse 80 Yes With 24hr R/N coverage on site
Nursing Care Yes
Dietitian Yes We have a contracted Dietitian who regularly reviews the dietary requirement of our residents.
Speech Therapist Negotiable
Social Worker - On-site Negotiable Can be contacted if required.

Updated: 26 Jan 2024

Facility Features
Facility Features
Feature Status Details
Social/Recreational Programme Yes A monthly activities calendar is distributed to all our residents post boxes.
Community Complex Yes The Garden House & Resident Cafe are situated in the village gardens with indoor and outdoor seating areas including a gas barbeque area in the north facing courtyard. Stokesy's lounge bar & barbeque, Hairdressers, sunny large courtyard and Resident Cafe are located in the main building in Somme St.
Emergency Call System Yes All rooms and units have emergency call systems for nurse call, smoke and intruder alarms.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes One neutered, vaccinated cat already owned by the incoming resident may be permitted to reside in a new Resident’s Villa with the pre-settlement approval of the Village Manager. Cats and gold fish are the most common pets residing in the Village.
Outings Yes Residents enjoy regular van outings including a weekly mystery bus trip. Other times include lunch at a venue or an orgainised trip to a particular event.
Transport Available Yes Village Van
Restaurant No You may order extra meals from our kitchen, as required which are delivered to your villa and/or Palazzo apartment.
Craft Room Yes We have a small lounge area used for crafts.
Library Yes Our library is well stocked with a wide range of books for borrowing. Our social co-ordinator arranges monthly visits to the public library with weekly library book issues. We also offer a free of charge DVD library.
Games Room Yes Pool Table, indoor bowls, bridge and mah jong are regularly played with weekly tai chi classes.
Chapel No A monthly non-denominational Anglican service and fortnightly Catholic prayer meetings are held in our main building.
Lounges Yes There are a number of small lounges throughout the village.
Gardens Yes Prize winning gardens with regular awards from the Canterbury Horticultural Society and the Christchurch Beautifying Assn.
Other details Yes Set in a tranquil peaceful environment

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

Special Features
Special Features
Our one and two bedroom luxury Palazzo Apartment Suites.

For those who demand excellence, elegance & independence. The perfect option when one partner requires care and the other wishes to maintain their independent lifestyle.

Our Garden House & Village Green are the focus of companionship, leisure and fun. Enjoyed by our village residents, it offers a delightful cafe where village residents may entertain friends or just sit in the sun and enjoy a complementary cup of coffee or tea with light refreshments.

Also included are a poolroom, library and function/movie room , which has become a regular venue for weekly games of bridge. Outside the Garden House is the croquet green.

Updated: 6 Nov 2023

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme
The village has a full and varied activities programme.
With the aim of encouraging fellowship, together with fun & laughter this makes Merivale a special place to be.

We encourage family participation by having various functions throughout the year.

We offer a range of activities to suit individual needs in a safe and caring environment. As well as in-house activities there are frequent planned outings and these are extremely popular providing much interest and appeal.

We have a Garden House courtyard where social get togethers are held and many barbeque's are enjoyed by our residents.

Big print books -
These are available through our Activities department.

Pool room -
In the Garden House we have a slate pool table which is enjoyed by residents daily.

Blind Foundation, Board games, Bowls, Bridge, Cards, Craft, Board games, Casino, Church, Digital camera, Email, Entertainers, Entertainment, Exercises, Fax, Garden, Gas Fire, Happy Hour, Housie, Indoor Games, Internet, Jigsaw, Library, Mah Jong, Minibus, Music, Outings, Petanque, Pool table, Shopping, Sky TV

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
Language Status Details
Cantonese Yes
Chinese Yes Hokkien
English Yes
Fijian Indian Yes
Filipino Yes
Indonesian Yes
Malay Yes
Mandarin Yes
Māori - Te Reo Yes
Samoan Yes

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations
Religious/Spiritual Affiliations Status Details
Non denominational Yes This monthly service meets in the downstairs lounge in the main building on the second Tuesday of every month. Everyone is welcome.
Roman Catholic Yes This group meets in the library, located beside reception each alternate Thursday at 10 :30am. Services are conducted by Sister Bertha from the St. Albans Catholic Church. Everyone is welcome.

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

Location Distance Details
Public Transport 0.10 Km There is a bus stop in St Albans street with routes to the city centre, Papanui shopping centre and Riccarton.
Shops 0.50 Km Merivale shopping centre is only one block away and within walking distance for those who like a stroll.
Mall 0.50 Km Merivale Mall one block away. Papanui Mall is on a bus route from St Albans Street which is just down the road from our main entrance.
Parks 0.50 Km Abberley Park is within walking distance, or a short car ride. Rugby Park is one block from back entrance.
Library 1.00 Km Papanui Library

Updated: 6 Nov 2023

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
National Certificate in Diversional Therapy Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Other details Yes
Aged Care Association New Zealand (ACA) Registered Retirement Village? Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)

Updated: 6 Mar 2020

NOTE: The Retirement Villages Act 2003 (The Act) is designed to provide improved protection for people who ‘buy’ into a retirement village. If you intend to ‘purchase’ you must get independent legal advice before signing your occupation right agreement as required under The Act. Some Retirement Village type facilities are not required to register under The Act so different legal requirements apply. Please make sure you investigate fully.


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