As one of the earliest places of settlement in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is full of sites of cultural and archaeological significance to explore.
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, which adjoins The Landing and can be accessed via a spectacular walking path leading from the Residences. The Landing is home to a significant collection of artefacts and rare books, available to give you a deeper insight into Northland’s history and culture.
In the region, the charming towns of the area – Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia and Waitangi – lie within 15-35 minutes by car or boat. In the heritage town of Kerikeri, 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.