There are six private beaches onsite, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and splash in the waves. Keen to glide over the water? Borrow the Landing’s paddleboards or kayaks and take to the waves. Walking and hiking tracks crisscross the property – there are some for mountain biking, too (and bikes to borrow if you’re up for it). And, horse riding is available year-round. See the sights, including ganet and seal colonies, by sea from the Landing’s luxury yacht Iti Rangi, which tours around the Bay of Islands (the joy ride is included with your stay). Parched after all that sea-based adventure? Ask for a show ‘round of the Landing’s vineyards. Some of New Zealand’s best golf is down the road at Waitangi Golf Club, a PGA-tournament–quality Carrington course, and the dramatic Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, which is just five minutes away by helicopter or 40 minutes by car. Chopper your way to glow-worm caves and ancient kauri forests in under an hour, or just buzz above the 144 islands on sight-seeing flight. If you prefer terra firma to the great blue yonder, set out on a leisurely hike on the Marsden Cross Track; suitable even for young Smiths, the track leads across farmland to the site of New Zealand’s first mission settlement. History buff? Check out the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a dose of Maori culture and history. In search of golden sands? The beaches of Otehei Bay and Urupukapuka Island are particularly pretty. The Bay of Islands is famous for its game fish, spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving and, between November and April, the chance to spot dolphins, whales and penguins.