Finding the retirement village that’s right for you

Retirement villages aren’t what they used to be. The best modern retirement villages are supportive environments, dedicated to empowering people to live the lives they choose. But not all retirement villages are created equal. That’s why deciding on a village that fits your or your loved one’s lifestyle is so important.

As a leader in the retirement sector, Metlifecare prioritises creating home environments that suit a wide range of needs and lifestyle choices, while also maintaining a sense of community, safety, and security.

Ditching traditional notions of what a retirement village can offer, Metlifecare believes that moving into a retirement village should be the beginning of the most engaged and fulfilled stage of your life. And the dedicated team at Metlifecare makes every effort to ensure the transition to village living is as easy as possible. The only difficult part? Deciding which retirement village is the right one for you!

Many people considering retirement dream of leaving the bustle of the city for some fresh air and respite from car horns. Destination retirement is a growing trend and highly important for many retirees who want to experience a new beginning in the next stage of their life. Metlifecare’s Papamoa Beach Village is one of several Metlifecare villages creating a new standard of beach living, offering the perfect combination of coastal retreat and retirement community. Its standalone villas provide all the privacy of a suburban home with the community and comfort of a retirement village.

If the Bay of Plenty’s not your thing, why not the Bay of Islands? Oakridge Villas is home to a beautiful community of modern villas, nestled in picturesque Kerikeri, in the winterless North. Oakridge Villas’ latest villas have achieved a 6 Homestar Rating, meaning less heat loss, greater energy efficiency, and a reduced impact on our environment.

For some retirees, the continuum of care is their number one priority. That means moving into a village that offers living options from independent living units, to serviced apartments, to care home living. Fortunately, Metlifecare has a range of villages that feature this continuum of care, or will do so in the near future. Metlifecare’s newest care homes are unique among major New Zealand retirement village operators, and are designed to be just that – a real home, where the choices and preferences of residents are paramount. Residents live in smaller family-like groups of no more than twelve, with cosy and comfortable living spaces that feel just like stepping into a family home. Greenwich Gardens on Auckland’s North Shore and Somervale in Mount Maunganui provide fantastic examples of this.

Often retirees are most concerned with living close to family. If that sounds like you, Metlifecare offers 24 fantastic locations across the North Island, with 14 villages in Auckland, five in the Bay of Plenty, as well as villages in Hamilton, Kerikeri, Palmerston North and Kapiti Coast.

If you’re one of the increasing number of Kiwis considering retirement village living as an opportunity to enjoy a vibrant and active environment, with all the modern amenities village living provides, head to to find the village that’s right for you.

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