Aged Advisor ‘People’s Choice Awards’

Archer is Best Small Retirement / Lifestyle Village for the South Island!

2021 Aged Advisor Winner Archer Retirement Village - South Island
2021 Aged Advisor Winner Archer Retirement Village - South Island

Best Small Retirement/Lifestyle Village
Archer Village, Christchurch

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Welcome to Archer

Living Life… Loving Life

Independent Living

All three of our lifestyle villages offer approximately 30 villas each for independent living.

Assisted Living

Thorrington Village offers ‘assisted-living’ Serviced Studios that are attached to the Thorrington Home.

Rest Home & Hospital Care

Our Archer Home offers the choice of rest home and hospital level care.

Dementia Care

Our Thorrington Home offers the choice of rest home and dementia level care.
- Memory Care Centre
- Dementia/Memory Support

Archer Village

Archer Village

- In Beckenham
- One and two bedroom Cottages/Villas
- Rest home & Hospital Care

Thorrington Village in bloom

Thorrington Village

- In Thorrington/Beckenham
- One and two bedroom Villas
- Assisted-living Serviced Studios
- Memory Support Care
- Standard & Premium Care Suites

Linrose Village

Linrose Village

- In Linwood
- Two bedroom Villas, with garage

Archer Home main entrance


In Beckenham, offering:

  • Short term (respite) support care
  • Rest home support care
  • Hospital support care
  • An option of Premium and Standard rooms is available. Please note a daily surcharge applies for Premium rooms.
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Thorrington Home main entrance


Located on Birdwood Ave, Thorrington / Beckenham, offering:

  • Day care programmes
  • Short term (respite) support care
  • Rest home support care with Standard rooms
  • Memory support care (dementia) with Premium and Standard rooms
  • Assisted-living studios with care-support package options
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Our approach with loved ones with dementia is to support their memory, with an holistic approach to care and well-being.
This is our focus in the Thorrington Home Memory Support Neighbourhood.

‘People with dementia often live in a parallel universe, existing in the same time and space as ours, but with different rules and values.
We must strive to acknowledge and understand these universes and find a common ground for care.’ says Dr Power, author of Dementia Beyond Drugs.

Our goal is to care lovingly for these residents, assisting them to engage in ways each day that bring joy to their lives, while living with this challenging condition.

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What Archer Offers

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1. Boutique and Personal

Let Archer become your ‘home for life’.
Experience our boutique lifestyle villages and homes.
We are ‘one-family located on three sites’, small and personable.

2. '...loving life'

Life is to be enjoyed! An extensive range of social programmes, special events, day trips and even an annual ‘family holiday’ are provided by our staff and ‘Friends of Archer’. Many of our residents coordinate and lead daily events as well.

3. Special Character

The Christian faith is one of our special Archer characteristics. We employ Chaplains who provide pastoral care, are available to talk about faith as people seek it, and oversee our devotions and services.
We acknowledge we are all at different stages of our spiritual journey and welcome and respect people for wherever they are at on this journey.

4. Flexible Care-Support Packages

Offering a lifestyle that provides a continuum of independent-living, cottages, villas, and studios; to residential care-support options.
Our care for residents include our Wellness Clinics; to short-term convalescing/respite care-support, and/or long term permanent care-support options.

5. Fixed Fees for Life

Our Village residents have fixed weekly fees for life from the day they walk into one of our lifestyle villages. No weekly fee increases ever!
We aim to be affordable for people to join Archer. We are open to discussing flexible financial packages to meet your specific needs.

6. 90-day ‘Happy’ Guarantee

We want you to be totally happy when choosing to come and live in one of our lifestyle villages. To make sure of this, we offer a 90-day ‘Happy’ Guarantee, or we will refund your money in full.

7. Care-Partnership model of Care

The ‘Care-Partnership’ model approach to residential care is internationally researched focusing on a resident-centred support model for care. We are a home not a hospital, we have residents not patients. Our residents are encouraged to contribute to the daily running of our villages and homes.

8. Locally owned

We are Christchurch based, locally owned, and have been supporting our community for 60+ years. We know and love supporting our community. We also have close relationships with local medical centres and pharmacies.

9. Surpluses Reinvested

We are a charitable organisation. As surpluses are generated, they are reinvested for our residents benefit and the facilities we offer. No dividends are paid to shareholders or overseas investors.

10. Archer Leisure Centre

Our residents and their families have access to our new Leisure Centre with its café-styled lounge, auditorium for events and movies, library, gym, and indoor heated pool and spa. Families also book this complex for special family celebrations and anniversaries as well.

Heartwarming and life-changing stories

Read what people are saying about Archer:

Thank You

``Thank you from our hearts for making life for our Dad a true testimony of 'living life, loving life'! Dad absolutely LOVED his new home at Archer. He spoke of the chaplains, and their wonderful care, of the friendly staff, and wonderful new friends he had made. He even admitted he'd wished he moved sooner!``

Resident's Daughter

Thank You

``Oh I enjoyed my own packet of fish and chips yesterday, just yummy. The fish was lovely, but I do know one person who didn’t like it!``



``I am grateful for all your loving support not only to me but to my family. They have all expressed their thanks for your loving care and the feeling of a warm community spirit…``


Fantastic Job

``I have just returned from visiting M. and found her to be in good spirits and enjoying her new environment. She certainly showed some spark when I walked into her room… Archer is doing a fantastic job caring for our elderly folk…``


Latest News

Read about what our residents have been doing:

Archer's Covid Cup Day

Covid Cup Day

Rest Home residents and staff made the most of ‘Covid Cup Day’. Some of the residents enjoyed making and modelling some fancy hats […]

Archer Group - West Coast Adventure

West Coast Adventure

It was a lovely fine day when Archer Tours set off for their West Coast Adventure, stopping for morning tea at Springfield and […]

2021 Aged Advisor Winner Archer Retirement Village - South Island

Archer Village wins top Aged Advisor Award for 2021!

Congratulations are due to Archer Village! It has just been announced that Archer Village has won best Boutique Village (Small Retirement/Lifestyle Village) in […]

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