About Wanaka Retirement Village

Wanaka Retirement Village certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to the type of village older people want to live in.

Described by residents as a ‘boutique’ Village, it’s a mix of apartments, cottages and villas beautifully designed for Wanaka’s special climate, with easy access to all the town’s amenities, whether by foot, mobility scooter or car.  The fact Elmslie House Care Home is adjacent for continuum of care gives residents great peace of mind, too.

Each one of the 11 apartments, 14 villas and 3 cottages offer residents as much privacy and independence as they might wish for, yet collectively become a caring community providing support and encouragement to residents when needed.

Wanaka Retirement Village, owned and operated by Presbyterian Support Otago, has become known for its friendliness, stylish architecture and wonderful gardens.

The popular Pembroke Lounge, situated in the Apartment Block, is the hub of the Village catering for a wide range of events such as exercise and Tai Chi sessions, movie afternoons, games, quiz hours, Happy Hours and other such gatherings.  The sheltered, sunny Pembroke Courtyard is a favorite meeting place.

Because of its popularity, Wanaka Retirement Village operates a contact list of people wanting to live there. Those people are notified immediately a home becomes available, so few homes are offered on the open market.

If you want to be on that list please phone the Village Office on 021 535 943 to make an appointment to view the Village.


Village Options


We have a wide range of one and two bedroom apartments.

As at July 2023, prices ranged from $360,000 to 530,000

Read more about our apartments



As at July 2023, prices ranged from $595,000 to 690,000

Read more about our villas



As at July 2023, prices ranged from $500,000 to 600,000

Read more about our cottages  


Retirement Villages Association NZ

Elmslie House Care Home

Across the courtyard from Wanaka Retirement Village is Elmslie House, home to 31 residents.  It’s a  Enliven home offering 24 hour care in a safe and comfortable environment staffed by dedicated workers and supported by a loyal team of volunteers. Residents take part in community activities and the home is recognised as being an integral part of Wanaka.

Presbyterian Support Otago also runs the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre, on the left of the Wanaka Medical Centre complex in Cardrona Rd.  Hospital and dementia levels of care are offered there.

Presbyterian Support Otago

Presbyterian Support has provided support to Otago residents for over 110 years. Family Works is our service for children, families and communities; Enliven is our services for older people.

As well as Wanaka Retirement Village, our Enliven services in Wanaka include care homes Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven Care Centre.

We believe some things make for happier, healthier living: A sense of community; friends, family, whanau; giving and receiving; making decisions for yourself; and most of all, practical support when you need it. At Enliven we work alongside you and your family to achieve these things.

Enliven services are:

Retirement Villages

Wanaka Retirement Village, Wanaka

Ranui Court, Retirement Village, Alexandra

Columba Court Retirement Village, Oamaru

Residential Aged Care 

Elmslie House, Wanaka

Aspiring Enliven Care Centre, Wanaka

Ranui, Alexandra

Castlewood, Alexandra

Iona, Oamaru

Ross Home, Dunedin

St Andrews, Dunedin

Taieri Court, Mosgiel

Holmdene, Balclutha


Community-based Enliven services

Community-based Enliven services catering for older people, are also part of PSO’s role of providing responsive, effective services in Otago communities.

Further information about Presbyterian Support Otago