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The Vines at Bethlehem welcomes you to the winter edition of our quarterly newsletter. Thankfully, it hasn’t been too cold!

There’s never a dull moment here at The Vines, and the constant hive of activity with new villas going up and residents moving in creates a great deal of excitement.

Over recent weeks we have also witnessed a steady influx of regular visitors, as interest in the village increases. The recently opened Manuka Showhome has helped with the additional flow of foot traffic and has generated considerable curiosity. The feedback we’ve received on it has been nothing short of sensational.

Another aspect of The Vines which has been a stand-out for visitors is the fact our residents have the opportunity to select a villa perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This is just what we want to hear; The Vines is the place people can call home.

We have held some wonderful events in the current clubhouse, and it’s great to see the already formed committees inviting new member involvement. This welcoming community feel is growing by the day, and we look forward to watching this evolve in the future.

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Near completion, stage three has proven incredibly popular with only eight villas remaining for sale.

Stage four is due to be released to the market sometime in August, and like the rest of the village, will have an overall feel of stately, sophisticated calm. Plantings will take centre stage here, which reflects on the unique history of Mills Reef, continuing the theme through the village.

We are making fantastic progress with the overall development of the village, and with nine stages planned in total, we are well on our way to the halfway mark.


We currently have two villas available for immediate occupation! Perfectly positioned, North facing to capture all day sun, and awaiting someone to call them home.

Their size will surely surprise. Compact 2-bed, with spacious living and dining, complemented by high cathedral ceilings. Built with your lifestyle in mind, these villas are designed for alfresco living, maximising indoor-outdoor flow. The gas fire adds ambience and warmth, and the beautifully landscaped gardens give privacy.

An Occupation Right Agreement, these villas offer all the benefits of lifestyle living in a safe and secure community setting. You can live as independently as you like, with the security of monitored surveillance, a 24-hour emergency call system, and the opportunity to take part in community outings and activities.

This is a rare offering – Contact Tony on 027 540 4200 if you would like to know more.


Last week our residents enjoyed a trip away from the village and a scrumptious mid-winter Christmas dinner organised by the Social Committee.

The trip out of the village was wonderful. Headed to Pacifica Café and Garden Store in Papamoa to shop and enjoy a lovely morning tea. Next stop was Maketu! We called into the Famous Maketu Pie Factory to explore and order takeaway pies. A famous Maketu pie for dinner during the chilly winter months will always go down a treat!

Filling up with a relaxing lunch at the Maketu Beachside Café was a great end to the trip. Maraea from Maketu gave them an impromptu history lesson on the area which was enlightening and well received. The stunning day, amazing meal and lots of chatter, ensured an enjoyable day out for all. Back at the village, our Friday night happy hour continued as normal where they had lots of fun.

On Sunday, the social committee did a spectacular job decorating for the mid-winter Christmas at Mills Reef. They decorated the tables with some beautiful Christmas crackers and created a chatter question box for some fun. The dinner table was complemented by a beautiful centrepiece made by a talented resident who belongs to Floral Art. It was a superb evening, with a delicious dinner and top-class wine!

It’s pleasing hearing the laughter and chat among the residents and we love watching our friendly village community grow.


I recently attended the Retirement Villages Association Conference in Auckland, which was a truly engaging few days. I was lucky enough to hear some excellent speakers and visit some fantastic retirement villages doing neat things. I left feeling motivated, having gained some valuable insight.

The lifestyle retirement sector as described by ANZ is in a very positive space and the number of villages continues to grow nationwide.

The most pleasing aspect to me was receiving commentary from other village operators who were very complimentary about The Vines. I was reminded yet again what a unique and beautiful location we have here. What better concept than a lifestyle retirement village for this location. It really is quite special.

As our residents would tell you, The Vines really is the place to step back, slow down and start enjoying the finer years to life. It’s the place many like to call home.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch and schedule an appointment so I can show you first hand, The Vines lifestyle!

Tony Arlidge
General Manager
027 540 4200 or 07 578 0525