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The Changing Tides of The Boathouse

September 13 2019

Once the site of a rustic farm building, today The Boathouse is the ultimate beachside getaway.   

The view from the front patio of The Boathouse is nothing short of spectacular: a 180-degree panorama that takes in the blue-green waters and white sands of Wairoa Bay, looking out to the verdant islets of the Bay of Islands.  

For many years though, this glorious view was mainly enjoyed by sheep-shearers and farm workers as they went about their daily business in the hardy colonial-era woolshed that originally stood on the site. With no roads across the property in those days, the only way of getting the wool to market was by barge – hence the location of a functional building in such an idyllic spot.  

During the 1990s, the woolshed came to the end of its days as a working building and was converted into workers accommodation by the previous owners. When Peter Cooper purchased The Landing property in the early 2000s, he developed a vision that would take the waterfront accommodation to the next level.    

Leading architect Pip Cheshire was commissioned to create an inspirational design, which drew on the original building’s form and function, but elevated the finishes to new levels of luxury. Utilising the footprint and envelope of the earlier woolshed, the new building – clad inside and out with macrocarpa – sits comfortably overlooking the Te Pahi islands.

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