Your stay at The Landing can be anything you want it to be, from non-stop action that includes diving, game fishing and golf to complete peace and tranquility, complete with spa and massage therapies.
You can explore the property’s rich heritage, or be taken on a journey of discovery through The Landing’s fine food and beverage offering – or you can choose to experience a bit of everything. Whether you’re planning an adventure holiday with friends, a family getaway or a private corporate retreat, your experience will be one that’s impossible to replicate anywhere in the world.
“I’ve never experienced anything as special as The Landing. In the morning, we rode our bikes through the property and picked fresh fruit from the orchards, and later we caught a fish off the wharf, which the head chef, Jackie, prepared for dinner. At night we were taken on a guided kiwi-spotting walk, and we learnt some fascinating stories from the locals… all in all, it was an experience we’ll never forget.”
From a guest at The Landing, 2017.
BESPOKE, GARDEN-TO-PLATE DINING
One of the great pleasures of staying at The Landing is the exceptional food and beverage experience. There are no set menus, fixed meal times or designated dining areas. Instead, The Landing offers a number of catering options, ranging from self-catering to exclusive use of the property’s private chef. Bespoke menus can be designed, and where possible, you’ll enjoy garden-to-plate dining that makes use of The Landing’s orchards, vegetable and herb gardens and free-range eggs. In season, you’ll have the opportunity to catch your own fish or go diving for crayfish and scallops in nearby coves. We host our guests with complete flexibility and the most thoughtful personal service. As well as the beautiful interior spaces of each Residence, there are many wonderful locations around the property where you can enjoy a meal or refreshments. Outdoor terraces, courtyards, gardens and even the jetty are options for you to dine and relax during different seasons or times of the day.
Nearby places of interest include honey and olive oil farms, an artisan bakery, an award-winning cheese and yoghurt maker, and a boutique chocolatier. There is also a Sunday morning farmers’ market in the nearby town of Kerikeri, where you can purchase fresh local produce and hand-made arts and crafts.
The story of The Landing Wines began 10 years ago with the planting of Chardonnay and Syrah. On a gentle slope, sheltered in a rain shadow, those first vines dug deep into the land and made it their own, adding another layer of magic to a very special place. Today, the vineyard produces Rosé, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay and plantings have expanded over recent years to include Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Landing Wines have received several significant accolades – to read more, or to purchase The Landing Wines, click here. Guided by our vineyard manager, guests are welcome to visit The Landing wine cellar, taste wines from the vineyard and tour Marsden Estate Wines where The Landing Wines are made.
HERITAGE & WILDLIFE
The Landing is a unique place with a rich spiritual history and many natural and historical treasures to discover. It covers a thousand acres of farmland, beaches, native bush, bird sanctuaries and protected heritage sites. As a guest of The Residences, you are free to explore the entire property, either alone or guided by one of our hospitality team members. Discover archaeological sites, artifact and rare book collections and learn about contemporary Maori culture, art and food. Visit restored wetlands, regenerated native bush and bird sanctuaries, and go kiwi-spotting at night. Personal itineraries can be designed to include the activities that most interest each guest. The Landing’s wildlife and heritage reserves can be comfortably explored on foot, by mountain bike or on a personal guided tour of the property by 4WD vehicle.
HISTORIC SITES AND ARTIFACT COLLECTIONS
The Landing stands on some of the most historically significant land in New Zealand. Numerous early Maori settlements were located here and the region played a key role in early colonial history. Sites of interest include the location of the 1830 mission house, excavated in 2002; old Maori village, pa (fort), and colonial homestead sites; an ancient commemorative Norfolk pine; and early settler graves. Neighbouring the property is Rangihoua Heritage Park, and the stunning Rore Kāhu (Soaring Eagle) visitor centre. Designed by New Zealand’s award-winning Cheshire Architects, this striking hillside structure overlooks Hohi Bay and the Marsden Cross, a memorial that marks where Reverend Samuel Marsden held the country’s first Christian sermon over two centuries ago. To read more about the history of The Landing and its fascinating stories, click here.
BIRD SANCTUARIES AND WETLANDS
The Landing is the site of an extensive native bush and wildlife regeneration programme, with more than a million native trees and shrubs planted so far. Our wetlands restoration and development of bird sanctuaries has encouraged the return of many rare and endangered bird species, including kiwi, pateke (brown teal), paradise ducks, pukeko and oystercatchers. The property offers many excellent bird-watching opportunities, including popular kiwi-spotting night walks.
FISHING CHARTERS, SPORTS & ADVENTURE
The Landing offers the ultimate luxury New Zealand adventure holiday. For guests of The Residences, The Landing’s vast property is at their disposal, including six private beaches, farmland, heritage trails, bush walks, bike tracks, a tennis court, gym, yoga and Pilates deck, and quiet waters perfect for kayaking and paddle-boarding. With the entire playground of the Bay of Islands on The Landing’s doorstep, the world’s finest game fishing, sailing, diving and golf is within easy reach. The Landing’s private boat, Iti Rangi, is available for skippered use and the Residences’ hospitality team can arrange all activities, trips and personal tours as required. Download Iti Rangi Rate Sheet
FISHING, DIVING AND WATERSPORTS
The Bay of Islands is famous for its impressive game fish, including marlin, tuna and shark. The area also offers spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving, including wreck diving and diving in season for scallops and crayfish. The Landing’s resident boat, Iti Rangi, is available for skippered half and full-day fishing and sightseeing trips. For longer excursions, the 82-foot luxury fishing yacht Ata Rangi is often available for charters. In Ata Rangi’s absence, The Landing hospitality team can arrange other local charters. The Bay of Islands and wider Northland region are excellent locations for sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, surfing and a wide range of other watersports. Many of these can be enjoyed directly from The Landing, which has its own boat ramp, deep-water jetty and wash-down facilities.
HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, BEACHES
The Landing property is crossed with a network of boardwalks, walking trails and mountain bike tracks, leading through native bush reserves, wetland areas and farm paddocks. This network makes for an excellent way to explore the property, taking in magnificent rural and sea views and many sites of historical interest. The six private beaches at The Landing can be accessed for safe boating and swimming at all tides, making it ideal for family beach holidays. Hundreds of other beautiful beaches are also within easy reach of The Landing. These range from quiet, secluded white-sand bays accessible only by boat, to the wild West Coast surf beaches that are a short helicopter flight away.
GOLF AND FAMILY HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
Some of New Zealand’s best golf is nearby, including the Waitangi Golf Club, the PGA tournament-quality Carrington course on the Karikari Peninsula and the spectacular Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest golf courses, Kauri Cliffs is just five minutes by helicopter or 40 minutes by car from The Landing. A wide range of Northland family holiday activities is accessible within an hour’s helicopter flight, including glow-worm caves and ancient kauri forests at Hokianga. Between November and April, whale-watching and swimming with dolphins from nearby Paihia and Russell are popular day trips. Horse riding is available year-round.
The Landing’s tranquil coastal setting is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate: a unique, private environment surrounded by the perfect peace of the countryside and calm sea. The hospitality team can arrange spa treatments and massage therapies for guests to enjoy in the privacy of the Residences.