Discovering Paradise: The Landing in New Zealand

New Zealand, a land of stunning natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant Maori culture. It’s a country that consistently ranks high on travellers’ bucket lists, and for a good reason. You can experience some of the most naturally beautiful getaways known to man. One of the most exclusive hidden gems of New Zealand is The Landing, a luxurious and secluded paradise in the Bay of Islands. Luxury Adventures was taken on a journey by the team at The Landing to discover the unparalleled beauty and tranquility of how this amazing privately owned piece of heaven showcases the very best of New Zealand’s architectural design, local wine and cuisine, cultural experiences, and historical tours (dating back hundreds of years) as well as having the opportunity to see iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi in the wild.

An Introduction to The Landing

The Landing is a private estate located on the Purerua Peninsula, overlooking the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands in the North Island of New Zealand. This 1000-acre property is a destination for those seeking a unique blend of luxury, nature, and history. It’s an oasis of tranquility, offering guests an exclusive and immersive experience in one of the world’s most enchanting settings.

The Landing is set against a backdrop of unparalleled natural beauty. The Bay of Islands, with its sheltered coves, turquoise waters, and lush islands, is a haven for those who looking for a private getaway in a secluded and special place. The beaches and sun-soaked, settings are perfect for swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding, while the surrounding forests offer fantastic hiking trails for those wanting to explore the flora and fauna of New Zealand’s native bush.

The Landing offers four types of luxurious accommodations, from the intimate Boathouse to the expansive Coopers Residence. These accommodations are designed to blend seamlessly with their natural surroundings, offering guests the perfect balance of comfort and wilderness.

Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of the waves lapping against the shore, the sun rising over the bay, and the birds singing in the trees. Whether you choose to stay in the cozy Boathouse, the Vinyard Villa, Gabriel Residence or the grand Cooper Residence, every moment is a chance to connect with nature and relax in style.

The Cooper Residence – Fit for a President

Offering spectacular 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands from its position atop a headland, the Cooper Residence is an impressive retreat designed to presidential standard.

The Luxury Adventures team was fortunate to be hosted for an all-inclusive authentic experience at Cooper Residence. We were treated to a personal chef, a wine making tour, a private boat trip around the islands, a kiwi finding excursion and access to the properties beautifully manicured gardens, full gym, as well as a tennis/pickle ball court and steam room. This was a remarkable experience & we left feeling a deep sense of connection with the land, the people & completely rejuvenated. Hearing in-depth stories about the Maori history was one of the many highlights. The food was exquisite – with the use of local produce & their garden to table ethos, every dish was so fresh & absolutely divine. From the moment we arrived we could not stop commenting on the stunning view & the exquisite beauty of every aspect of the Coopers Residence, which must be personally experienced to be fully appreciated!

Crafted from enduring natural materials and elegantly adorned in organic hues of flax and earth, the expansive Cooper Residence boasts five distinct suites, each exuding its own unique charm. This haven showcases a remarkable array of treasures, including Māori taonga, historical artifacts, archaeological relics, and contemporary New Zealand art.

The property offers a wide array of spaces, ranging from capacious indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. It includes cozy nooks for intimate conversations and contemplation, a well-stocked library, an inviting outdoor fireplace, and an observatory tower deck with a distinctive ambiance.

Each of the five-bedroom suites are thoughtfully designed to have their own personality, with the suite in the residence’s elliptical stone observatory tower offering a particularly atmospheric retreat. This remarkable design concept is the brainchild of renowned New Zealand architect Pip Cheshire, characterised by its understated contemporary elegance.

The Cooper Residence’s versatile indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to accommodate various gatherings, from intimate gatherings to once-in-a-lifetime celebrations and corporate events. Whether for a private evening or a grand celebration, this property is the perfect host.

Moreover, a wine-tasting excursion at The Landing Winery is a part of every overnight stay. For guests at the Cooper Residence, private wine-tasting experiences can be arranged in the private wine cellar, adding an extra layer of luxury and authenticity.

A Taste of New Zealand Cuisine & Wine

Food lovers will be delighted by the culinary experiences that The Landing offers. The private chef sources fresh, local ingredients to craft mouthwatering dishes that reflect New Zealand’s culinary traditions. Enjoy fresh seafood, succulent lamb, and exquisite wines just to name a few. For a unique experience, you can even enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Nothing is out of the question, take full advantage of your spectacular surroundings.

The Landing Wines and wine-making process takes place on site, starting in the 23-acre vineyard and finishing at the state-of-the-art winery. Whether you are a guest staying at The Landing or a visiting enthusiast, vineyard staff can take you on a guided tour of Rosé, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot plantings, before you spend an afternoon tasting the results at beautiful hilltop winery designed by Cheshire Architects, with sweeping views over the property.

Explore Local Culture and History

New Zealand is a land steeped in rich Maori history, and The Landing is no exception. The estate boasts its own historic sites, including a Maori pa (fortress) and a European stone wharf. Guests can learn about the indigenous Maori culture, their traditions, and the significance of the land. Rangihoua Bay, which neighbours The Landing, was the site of New Zealand’s first township of Māori and European settlers living and trading together. This shared history is honoured at the landmark Marsden Cross memorial and Rangihoua Heritage Park. This landmark can be accessed via a spectacular walking path leading from the Residences. The Landing offers a unique opportunity to explore early European history in New Zealand. The property’s stone wharf, dating back to the early 19th century, is a testament to the country’s maritime heritage.


Nearby Towns 

In the heritage town of Kerikeri (20mins away), you’ll find local growers’ markets, while in Russell and Paihia, there are excellent restaurants and boutique stores. The historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum are a site of national significance – the place where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed – and are well worth a visit.

Adventure and Outdoor Activities

For those who crave adventure, The Landing offers a wide array of outdoor activities. Explore the Bay of Islands by boat, sail around its many islands, or go fishing for the catch of the day. The warm waters invite snorkeling and diving, where you can discover vibrant underwater worlds teeming with marine life. Hiking and mountain biking are also popular pastimes on the estate, with trails winding through native bush and offering breathtaking views.

Conservation and Sustainability

The Landing is deeply committed to conservation and sustainability. The estate is actively involved in restoring and protecting the native flora and fauna, as well as preserving its historical sites. By visiting The Landing, you are contributing to the ongoing efforts to safeguard this pristine corner of the world for future generations.

Visiting The Landing

To visit The Landing is to experience New Zealand in its purest form. The luxury and seclusion found here are unparalleled, and the beauty of the Bay of Islands is nothing short of mesmerizing. If you’re seeking a retreat that seamlessly combines natural wonder, history, and comfort, then The Landing is your answer.

Whether you’re a luxury adventurer, a history buff, a nature lover, or someone in search of relaxation, The Landing offers a unique opportunity to experience the very best that New Zealand has to offer. The tranquility, the luxury, the history, and the unspoiled nature of The Landing make it a destination that’s sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of New Zealand’s paradise.

So, pack your bags and prepare for a journey to The Landing in New Zealand. It’s a destination that will not only capture your heart but also your soul, leaving you with a lasting impression of this magnificent country and its awe-inspiring beauty. Get in touch today if you’d like to stay at The Landing in your next New Zealand holiday.

This was written by Luxury Adventures Director and travel specialist Steve McKean

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