Culture & History

Visit Waitangi - Birthplace of the Nation

The new Day Pass is the ultimate Waitangi Treaty Grounds experience.

Spend half a day exploring the grounds while soaking up the scenery and story of New Zealand’s most important historic site.

Your Day Pass is valid for two days and includes:

  • ·Admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  •  Entry to the brand new Museum of Waitangi
  •  An Informative Guided Tour with one of our local guides (50 minutes) Every hour on the  hour 10am to 4pm
  •  A high-energy, entertaining Cultural Performance (30 minutes)October and November: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  December to March: 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. April to September: 11am, 1pm and 2pm
  •  Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation introductory film (22 minutes)

Day passes for Sale at Busby Reception or book online here



Visit Historic Russell

Ferries operate year round to this quaint little village.  A great variety of Restaurants and some lovely walks. Option to connect with a passenger ferry from the wharf in town or drive to Opua and use the car ferry. (This is a better option in winter) See the oldest Church in NZ with bullet holes in the wall, Visit Pompalier House with  it's ancient "operational  printing press.  Amazing chocolates are available from the shop in the mainstreet and the Crusty Crab has great fish n chips 

Stone Store & Kemp House

The Stone store is situated in the Historic Kerikeri basin. As the road no longer travels through the area it has become a tranquil place to relax. In summer you can sit in the gardens overlooking the stream. A small coffee lounge is based on site and an adjacent Restaurant the Pear Tree has a great outlook. 

You can explore these on your own and Staff at the Resort will provide maps and advise on other nearby attractions. It will take you  approximately 30 minutes to drive from Busby Manor. 


Kauri Museum - Matakohe

Kauri Museum at Matakohe is world class and you can easily spend 4 or more hours here. Chance to see huge ancient tools used to mill Kauri. A replica village has displays that are based on actual pioneers and are in great condition. A couple of rooms with amazing kauri gum jewelry and artefacts. Easy to visit on your way to or from Busby or in winter a great day trip. You can leave the museum to visit and local cafe for a break and then return again. Our staff at Busby will give you maps and show you how to get there.

Pompalier House

Original Catholic Mission where bibles were printed in Maori for the locals. Opportunity to see a working museum and one of the oldest printing machines. Well worth including in  your trip to Russell.

They also have make french pastries on site with a "Coffee and Croissant Tour"

Hangi and Cultural Show in the Treaty Grounds

Long summer evenings in the Bay of Islands lend themselves perfectly to a twilight cultural experience.

Your night begins at Whare Waka Café within the Treaty Grounds, a charming setting to mix and mingle with a drink while your host introduces the intimate themed evening. You will then gather around the contemporary hangi pit (earth oven) to witness the unveiling of the food, giving you a tantalising taste of the dinner to come. During a short bush walk you will experience a traditional Maori challenge (wero) and welcome (powhiri), before arriving at the carved meeting house for your Cultural Performance.

Return across the grounds to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of various meats, stuffing, vegetables, breads, salads and steamed pudding. This really is your ultimate immersion in Maori culture.

Available 1 October to 30 April. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, 6pm – 8.30pm

Also available on Wednesday from 26 December to 28 February

Contact the office to book



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