Best Start

When John O'Sullivan decided to build a retirement community, his vision was to create a space that his own grandmother would be happy to call home. From there, the first Summerset retirement village was opened in Wanganui in 1997.

Since then, Summerset has grown to become one of the country's largest and most respected operators in the retirement village and aged care sector. With 28 villages throughout New Zealand today, and over 5,500 New Zealanders now calling a Summerset retirement village home, these numbers are a mark of the brand's success.

Summerset's purpose is to bring the best of life to older New Zealander's by creating places that puts respect for residents at the heart of everything they do. Summerset consistently provides high quality care and support for residents in vibrant and welcoming communities where they can love the life they choose.

To ensure residents are the first priority in all their retirement villages, Summerset employs staff who consistently go over and above to create experiences loved ones would expect for their own parents.

Summerset's success is led by their people providing residents with the quality care, services and support they need. And a strong focus on a culture and environment that values, supports and empowers their people.

As Summerset continues to grow, they're driven by providing the highest quality of care for residents, expanding its villages and communities using best practice design and management and through developing and supporting their people. Focusing in these areas ensures residents will continue to love their life with Summerset and that others will choose Summerset as their home.

Summerset: putting the respect for its residents at the heart of everything it does.


"It's vibrant and fresh."

Female, 18-29,Wellington

"Good quality care."

Female ,30-39, Otago

"I have an Aunt living in a summerset home she has nothing but good things to say."

Female, 60-69, Manawatu-Wanganui