Resthaven Rest Home


Our Care Offering

Resthaven is known for its warm, friendly and homely atmosphere. An older style facility surrounded by beautiful cottage gardens, its size is deceptive when viewed from our street frontage. Resthaven has a heart of gold with all of our staff committed to providing the very best of care. As the adage goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”. If quality care is your priority, then we welcome you to join our community.


Level of Care Facilities

  • Rest Home
  • Dementia


Activities Programme

Our activities programme is provided separately for each care level, although residents often join together for theme days, entertainment and outings. Staff learn about residents’ interests to ensure the programme is meaningful to all. A wide variety of activities are offered by our activities/diversional therapist.


In the dementia unit activities are specifically tailored to help those with memory loss, with a focus on reminiscing, brain exercise and relaxation.


What’s Near By

Located within the ‘four avenues’ of Christchurch, Resthaven offers the convenience of the central city without the parking hassles. Off street parking is available at the front and back of the facility.


It’s an easy stroll to Pepperberry Café, which is rumoured to make the best coffee in Christchurch. Edgeware Village is a short drive away and has a supermarket, post shop and pub. Public transport is available at the gate and there is a chemist just over the road.


Room Services


  • Nutritious home cooked meals
  • 24 hour personal care
  • Laundry and cleaning services
  • Access to hairdresser, podiatrist and physiotherapist onsite
  • Call bell system with emergency feature
  • GP visits


Room & Facility Features


  • Single rooms with views to garden courtyards or street frontage
  • Built-in wardrobe and drawers with ample space for personal belongings
  • TV aerials
  • Some rooms have telephone points
  • New décor



  • Communal lounge
  • Large flat screen televisions in each wing
  • Conservatory (Dementia Unit).
  • Kitchenette (Resthome)
  • Sheltered outdoor areas with garden seating
  • Library trolley
  • Shop trolley


Contact this facility


  • Rest Home
  • Dementia

901 Colombo Street

(03) 379 9033
(03) 379 9033

Staff Profile

  • Kate Ashdowne

    Business and Care Manager

    Born and bred in Christchurch, Kate has dedicated many years to Resthaven - initially as Care Manager. She commenced her career in aged care as a new graduate registered nurse from CPIT in 2002, which quickly put her on the path to management. Kate also holds a Bachelor of Science, Intermediate Infection Control Certificate and recently completed National Diploma in Business (First Line Management) Level 4 and National Diploma in Business Level 5. In her spare time she’s never far from a good novel.

  • Jill Quainoo

    Clinical Leader

    A registered nurse who graduated in 1991 from CPIT, Jill has worked in both private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in dementia care. While overseas, Jill worked in the United Arab Emirates before returning to Christchurch and taking up the Clinical Leader position at Resthaven in 2007 when the Dementia Unit first opened. She believes in providing quality care for our residents, recognizing that Resthaven is their home and ensuring that they are treated as individuals with individual preferences.

  • Merilyn Jacobs


    The first person you are likely to meet when visiting Resthaven is Merilyn, who has been part of the management team since 2009. She has a strong interest in human resources and accounting, and her goal is to gain formal qualifications in these areas. Coming from a long history of administration roles, she has completed several courses at CPIT. Merilyn lives on a lifestyle block in North Canterbury, traveling daily into the city. She is married with three adult children and one grandchild, but looks forward to many more. She gets great enjoyment from horse riding, walking, swimming, cycling and her family.

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