Living in a Villa

Each villa, built to capture Wanaka’s sun yet protect residents from its harsh winters, is a joy to live in.  There are three different T-shaped plans around outdoor paving areas that provide both shelter and privacy. Timber screens and attractive plantings add to the ambience.

Built mainly of Oamaru stone, significant use of cedar provides a visual warmth and soft appearance, the wooden louvres in the lounge are a particular favourite of residents. The living room has been designed with ceilings that follow the flow of the roof to enhance the feeling of spaciousness. The bedrooms also enjoy raised ceilings.

All 14 villas have two bedrooms, two toilets, a luxury bathroom, and an attached garage with internal access into a well-heated home. 

Each villa is light and airy, with an attention to detail second to none.

Villas also have:

  • Indoor/outdoor living
  • A heat exchange unit for heat in winter and cool air in summer
  • Panel heaters in the bedroom and lounge
  • Bathroom with heated tile floor, heated towel rail and fan heater
  • Washing machine and drier
  • Cooktop, oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezer
  • Flush-floor tiled shower with frameless glass
  • Wardrobe organiser for easy access
  • Integrated rubbish bin and storage racks in the kitchen
  • Wide use of 'soft close' drawers for easy use
  • And many safety features including an emergency response system.

Services & Facilities

Living at Wanaka Retirement Village will be a change of address but not of lifestyle. You will be in control of how you wish to live your life, knowing you have support as and when it is needed. No matter whether you want to live completely independently or would like a little assistance, the option is there.

No matter whether you want to live completely independently or would like a little assistance, the option is there.

The village manager oversees the village and the 28 bed care home Elmslie House. She can be contacted on her mobile or alternatively enquiries can be made at Elmslie House reception.

  • Cleaning of windows, air conditioners, spouting, paving etc is regularly undertaken
  • Needs-assessed carer and house-keeping services are through health providers
  • Handyman and gardeners keep the Village looking wonderful
  • Activities are provided in the Pembroke Lounge and courtyard

Attractive grounds

Gardens to admire from your windows, gardens to walk amongst and gardens to sit alongside while you chat to neighbours — gardens are a major theme of Wanaka Retirement Village. Attractive trees, including Kowhai, Silver Birch and Japanese Snowbell, have been specifically selected to provide a unified look in the Village, with the overall scheme providing privacy for residents while fostering a feeling of being part of a community.



Weekly Outgoings Fee

Fees as at July 2023

This fee is payable monthly in advance and covers the cost of services such as rates, insurances, gardening, rubbish removal, exterior maintenance and the Statutory Supervisor service.

Villa: Currently (July 2023) the Villa weekly fee for villa residents is $146.89 ($636.51 monthly)

Weekly Outgoings Fees are reviewed when Wanaka Retirement Village budgets are set each July, and may or may not be adjusted accordingly.

In the event that you vacate your cottage and a new Occupation Right Agreement (ORA) is offered for sale, this fee continues to be payable until such time as it is sold. However, if after six months the ORA remains unsold, this fee will be reduced to 50% of the current rate.


Deferred Management Fee

The Deferred Management Fee is only due and payable when you vacate your villa or apartment and once a new ORA is sold.

Also known as the Village Contribution, it is calculated as a percentage of the exiting resident’s entry price and represents a return to PSO Retirement Villages Ltd for the provision of the Village, its roads, infrastructure and management as well as contributing towards any future upgrades of the apartment or villa.

The Deferred Management Fee is based strictly on your tenure of your ORA from the date of your ownership to the date your ORA is terminated, being:

  • 5% upon purchase; based on the exiting resident’s entry price +plus
  • 5% at the end of your first 12 months of ownership +plus
  • 5% for each successive year

The total Deferred Management Fee is to a maximum of 25%.


The fee for any part-year of ownership - apart from the first 5% on entry - will be pro-rated to the actual time of ownership.