Facilities and activities: What to expect from retirement villages
At a glance
One of the best things about living in a retirement village is having facilities and activities at your doorstep. This article outlines some of the facilities and activities you’re likely to find at a retirement village in New Zealand.
Facilities and activities vary from village to village, so it’s important to visit a village in person to see exactly what it offers.
Here’s a sample list of facilities you’re likely to find at a retirement village.
Communal lounge. You’ll usually find a communal lounge area in the main building of a village. The lounge typically includes a television, comfortable seating, and table areas.
Indoor swimming pool and spa. Quite a few villages have a heated indoor swimming pool, ideal for maintaining fitness all year round and for entertaining grandchildren who come to stay. If a village has an indoor pool area, it’s likely to also have a spa.
Gym. Some villages have a gym with equipment for both weight and cardio training.
Dining areas. Almost all villages have a dining room of some sort. Many villages also have an onsite cafe which sells coffee and cabinet food, as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy main meals with other residents or with friends and family.
Bar. Many villages have an onsite bar, which is usually located in the communal lounge or close to the dining facilities. It’s common for volunteer residents to run the bar.
Library. Many villages have a small library with books and DVDs
Cinema room. Some villages will have a cinema room with a large screen and comfortable seating, where you can enjoy watching movies or big sporting events.
Bowling green and other sporting facilities. Some larger villages have their own outdoor bowling green and resident bowling club. Other sporting facilities you might find at a village include petanque, a pool table room, and table tennis.
Resident’s workshop. Some villages have a resident’s workshop (or men’s shed) – the perfect place to work on personal or community projects.
Communal vegetable garden. Many villages have communal garden spaces for residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Hairdresser / beauty salon. Some villages have their own salon areas with either part-time or contracted staff.
Village shop. Some villages operate a small shop where you can purchase basic items such as milk, bread, newspapers, etc.
Here’s a sample list of activities you’re likely to find at a retirement village.
Arts and crafts. Some villages host creative workshops and hobby groups, such as painting, sewing, or knitting.
Exercise classes. Many villages offer a variety of low-intensity exercise classes such as yoga, tai chi, or aquarobics.
Lawn bowls. If a village has a bowling green, then it’s likely to run regular tournaments both within the village and with outside clubs.
Social outings. Many villages arrange organised outings to local places of interest.
Shopping trips. It’s common for villages to arrange weekly shopping trips, utilising the village van or other transport.
Bar happy hours. If a village has a bar, it’ll most likely have a happy hour.
Resident evenings. Many villages arrange social ‘resident’s evenings’, such as quizzes or bingo.
Guest speakers. Many villages arrange for guest speakers to come into the village to speak on a range of topics of interest.
Movie nights. Most villages host movie nights in the communal lounge or TV room. Some villages also have a dedicated cinema.
Cards and board games. These are typically available all the time, although sometimes a village will host special tournaments.
Checklist: Questions about facilities and activities to ask sales managers