Metlifecare’s new retirement village will be “unlike any other retirement village in New Zealand” according to chief executive Glen Sowry.

Sowry says baby boomers do not want siloed, gated communities anymore.

“We know from our research that people want to feel connected, they want to live in a place which feels like a normal residential street that is bustling and vibrant,” he says.

Sowry expects the new village, Gulf Rise, located at Red Beach on the Hauraki Gulf, to meet the industry’s changing expectations.

The $250 million development utilises the latest in urban design principles so the village flows like a well-planned town. It is reportedly the only retirement village of its scale in New Zealand to be so integrated with its wider community, incorporating open entrances, a central boulevard and roads that connect with the outside neighbourhood.

There will also be shared social spaces for residents including a café, a state of the art Wellness Centre and a stunning glasshouse pavilion with a shared garden, potting and work sheds, and even includes a beautiful butterfly walk. The completed village will include a care facility.

Shannon Joe of architects Warren and Mahoney says the vision for Gulf Rise was to create a village precinct that encouraged community engagement through open, people-friendly design.

“We have also drawn on inspiration from the beautiful Hauraki Gulf location and will incorporate stunning landscaping and botanical elements throughout.”

Stage one of Gulf Rise will include 35 villas and 20 apartments, priced from $650,000 to $1.2m, ready for occupation in October 2019. Earthworks on the five hectare site on Hibisicus Coast Highway are well underway with building foundations being laid now.


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