Cooper Residence, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Accommodation Type: Private Villa/Apartment
Number of rooms: 5

The Landing is a unique heritage and conservation property in New Zealand's stunning Bay of Islands: a thousand acres of beaches, rolling hills, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. Here you'll find the finest luxury accommodation, a small group of beautifully appointed holiday houses surrounded by quiet beaches, farmland and bush. Offering superb hospitality and a range of exceptional activities and experiences to choose from. Sitting on a headland site, The Cooper Residence is a magnificent five-bedroom house decorated to the very finest standards with 360-degree views of the surrounding ocean.

From the dramatic entrance lobby with its powerful artwork to the lofty barn-style kitchen and dining space, the initial experience is one of impact and scale. Elsewhere, the house is broken into comfortable spaces and intimate corners, places to discover, explore, interact or sit and enjoy different aspects of the spectacular outlook. Five luxurious bedroom suites, each with their own distinctive theme and character, sleep 10-12 guests. The house and its grounds provide a range of versatile entertainment and hospitality spaces, including a large lounge with fireplace, a private library and spacious indoor and outdoor dining and catering areas ideal for hosting corporate events. The house is modelled on a basic cruciform shape. A long barn-like structure flanked by two contemporary pavilions accommodates the master bedroom and main living areas. The interior is luxurious with an industrial edge, featuring rough-hewn wood, blackened steel and exposed bolts. Walls and ceilings are lined with rich timber, the monumental scale of the house carried through in the heavy beams and huge rusticated steel fireplace. Finishes are contemporary and eclectic, incorporating exotic textures such as animal skins, stone, metals and woven Maori panels. At the northwestern end of the house is an elliptical stone 'remnant tower', which houses The Landing wine cellar and tasting room. Above, an atmospheric king bedroom suite offers a unique private retreat and above that, a sunny curved ‘observatory’ roof deck provides an intimate dining or function space. The Cooper Residence is home to a significant collection of art, Maori artifacts, archaeological relics, antique books and photographs, offering a unique richness to the experience of the house. The house was designed by acclaimed New Zealand architect Pip Cheshire and the interior created by renowned Seattle designer Terry Hunziker.

Facilities: Wine cellar, heli pad, private jetty

Destination: Wairoa Bay, Bay of Islands