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Rotorua and Taupo

There are 13 retirement villages in Rotorua & Taupo. The region is renowned as a mecca for adventurers so there’s plenty to do for active retirees – from walking and cycle trails to fishing and golfing -yet it’s also the perfect spot if you’re looking for a place to relax and put your feet up. With a host of villages to choose from in the region, you’ll certainly find something to suit your lifestyle.

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Retirement Village
  • 15 Hodgkins Street
  • Rotorua
  • Rotorua
Vacancy: Yes

Retirement Village
  • Tauhara Ridge Drive
  • Wharewaka
  • Taupō
Vacancy: -
Visitors as usual (but not if you’re unwell or recently returned from overseas)

Retirement Village
  • 40 Owhatiura Drive
  • Lynmore
  • Rotorua
Vacancy: Yes

Retirement Village
  • 19 Liston Avenue
  • Hilltop
  • Taupo
Vacancy: Yes

Retirement Village
  • 3A Brent Road
  • Owhata
  • Rotorua
Vacancy: Yes

Retirement Village
  • 429 Te Ngae Road
  • Owhata
  • Rotorua
Vacancy: -

Why choose a retirement village in Rotorua & Taupo?

It’s easy to think this region is all for the adventure tourists and families on holiday. But look more closely and you’ll find plenty of happy retirement village residents living life to the fullest and enjoying all the activities and amenities on offer here.

If you’re a keen angler or boatie, Taupo will already be your Elderado, and you probably have plenty of happy holiday snaps to prove that. Perhaps you also have nostalgic memories of school holiday visits to Rotorua and the hot pools. Here’s the thing: those hot pools are pretty attractive for soaking in during the region’s crisp winters, or after a competitive game of golf or bowls. This is a region with plenty to do for the active retiree: it has an extensive network of walking and cycle trails, plus the usual golf courses and bowling clubs. And there’s always activities for the grandchildren – they’ll be keen to come for the school holidays and enjoy the luge or zorbing, or bike riding in the mighty Whakarewarewa Forest.

Each of the two centres have plenty of clubs and interest groups, so you’ll find something new to take up or an old favourite pastime happening either in the community or in the retirement village you choose.

What Retirement Villages have to offer

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A retirement village is a community specially built to cater for the needs and lifestyle of older people. Choosing to live in a retirement village can be a great option for those wanting to maintain their independence while living among a like-minded community of people.

Research shows most people enjoy a high level of satisfaction when living in a lifestyle or retirement village. For residents, the benefits can be numerous; these may include giving you peace of mind, new and varied activities and interests, new friendships, and time to be able to spend on the things you most enjoy.

Villages vary greatly – you’ll notice different-sized villages, from very few units to some with hundreds; different types of units within the same complex; newer villages and older villages. You will discover the community offering a wide range such as swimming pool, bowling green and café. Eligibility age differs across villages too – some villages may allow residents to enter at 55 while others commonly have an entry age between 65 and 75.

As well as providing a range of different accommodation options, many villages now offer alternatives, such as care suites, which combine village offerings and residential care components. Make sure you visit a village more than once before you make a decision, and if possible visit more than one village to get a feel for how each has its own culture.

When you are ready to visit some retirement villages, our checklist may help you with your assessment

All about Retirement Villages

A retirement village is a community specially built to cater towards the needs and lifestyles of older people. Many retirement villages offer units, villas, suites, or serviced suites. This gives you the option to choose to live independently within the village environment or to get extra help with cleaning or meal delivery.

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What is the Retirement Villages Act?

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