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357 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

03 543 9700

Handy to the heart of Richmond

  • Independent living Villas
  • Assisted living Serviced apartments
  • Long term care Rest home & hospital-level care
  • Short term care Respite care in studio apartment

Whether you’re thinking of moving to Nelson or you’ve lived in the area for years, living at Arvida Oakwoods makes it easy to have a sunny, active and interesting life.

The first thing residents usually mention when they’re talking about the benefits of living at Oakwoods is being next door to the Lower Queen Street Health Centre, it means you can pop to the café, medical centre or pharmacy easily. If you want to head to the shops the Richmond town centre is about a 10-minute walk away. Another big drawcard for Oakwoods are the spacious grounds. With 12 acres of flower beds, mature trees and manicured lawns, Oakwoods is a place where you can enjoy peace and privacy within the friendly embrace of community living. Residents are encouraged to plant their own gardens and harvest the many fruit trees.

Our community is fine-tuned to help you maintain independence for as long as possible

Daily life at Oakwoods is fine-tuned to help you stay active, build beneficial connections with other people and pursue your special interests. Whether you live independently in a spacious villa or need full-time or hospital-level care, the community revolves around Arvida’s ‘Attitude of Living Well’. With support from the Oakwoods team, the resident-led wellness and activities programme keeps things humming.

Oakwoods has a library, hair and beauty salon, petanque court and fitness centre. The indoor heated swimming pool and super-sized spa are also great for getting some exercise and relaxing. Van outings and shopping trips include regular visits to Richmond shopping centre and Richmond Mall, just down the road.

Care residents at Oakwoods can enjoy Cycling Without Age, where a local volunteer pedals a tri-shaw for rides around the community and neighbourhood. Schools, musicians and guest speakers regularly visit our care centre to ensure residents are easily connected to the wider world.

Local attractions you’re going to love

Oakwoods is close to shops, medical facilities and community clubs. You can walk to town in 10 minutes to see movies at the Silky Otter Cinema, enjoy a meal at the Sprig and Fern Brewery, or tick off your shopping list. Club Waimea is right next door for sports fun and restaurant dining. Other amenities within walking distance include the Richmond A & P Showgrounds, racecourse, croquet club, bowling club, bridge club, RSA and Probus.

Lower Queen Street Health Centre is right next door with Oakwoods soon to be offering pedestrian/golf cart access for Oakwoods residents. The centre includes Vanilla Bean Café, Med Lab, Fry’s Pharmacy, Triton Hearing Clinic, Tasman Medical Centre and the Tasman Dental Centre.

Arvida. Living a life with soul.

Facilities & activities

As you can see from the list below, Oakwoods has all the bells and whistles – café & dining room, community centre with baby grand piano, games room, hair salon, and lounges for movies and church services. Sporting and outdoor recreation options include a swimming pool, spa pool, exercise room and petanque court.


Ranging in size from 86 - 111sqm

There’s a range of one, two and three-bedroom villas for independent living, including older refurbished villas constructed when the community was first established, and newer homes built in 2010. All have garaging, outdoor living and garden areas.

Ministry of Health Certification: 4 years

Available rooms: Standard; or Premium ($25.00 - $30.00 / night)

Person-centred care options

  • Rest home care Rest home care
  • Hospital care Hospital care
  • Short term / Respite care Short term / Respite care

A modern, collaborative approach to care that’s all about you

You’ll live in a household and interact with a smaller group of neighbours and wellness partners on a daily basis, allowing you to get to know everyone well. We actively encourage involvement with decisions around activities, meals and day-to-day happenings. If you want to help with the smooth running of the community, we will value your input.

Connect with Oakwoods

Are you searching for ‘retirement villages Richmond’ or ‘serviced apartments Richmond’? Contact Oakwoods’ sales manager Gareth for a tour.

Additional Information

Postal address

357 Lower Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson

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