About us

Summerset started with a vision – to create a retirement community that our own parents would be happy to call home.  A place that puts the respect for its residents at the heart of everything it does.

It was the vision of our founder, John O'Sullivan, and it's one that continues to guide us today.   Hear John talk about what motivated him to establish the first Summerset village.


Our first village opened in 1997 in the river city of Wanganui. Since then we've grown to become one of the country's largest and most respected operators in the retirement village and aged care sector.

 We have 22 retirement villages around the country, offering fully independent living and a variety of care options.  

Around 5,000 New Zealanders have chosen to call our retirement villages home, and we think that's pretty special.