Visit Busby Manor for a relaxing Bay of Islands getaway. We have one and two bedroom apartments with everything you need for your stay.
Journey into the world of the honey bee to learn about how bees make manuka honey and honey from other flowers in the bush and your garden.
Visit a working beehive.
Intimate friendly tours.
Free pick-up and drop-off from Paihia, Haruru or Opua, other areas POA.
The bee hive tour takes anything up to an hour, depending entirely on how many people in the group. An experience to remember.
Marsden Cross Track
As mentioned in our Culture & History section there is an easy short 1.1km track to the Marsden Cross site - New Zealand's first permanent European settlement
Kerikeri River Track
Easy 3.5km riverside walk leading upstream from the Kerikeri Basin.
Along the way you can enjoy views of the Wharepuke Falls and interesting rock formations.
Paihia School Road Track
A 1.5km return uphill walking track close to Busby Manor that leads to the Paihia lookout.
A nice post-breakfast or pre-dinner walk to be had at some point during your stay here.
Flagsaff Hill Track
As mentioned in the Culture & History section this 2.5 km loop track takes you to the Flagstaff Hill historic landmark.
Take the Ferry to Russell and make this track part of your day. Walking through bush, listening to the birds and taking in the gorgeous panoramic views when you get to the flagpole.
Waitangi to Haruru Falls
This is an easy, flat, sheltered by bush, 6km 2.5 hours one way walk. A roadside path has been added to make it a loop but personally heading back the same way we would recommend as it has nicer surroundings in comparison to traffic.
The track follows the river for most of its length, passing through some attractive native trees.
A feature of the walk is the boardwalk section which provides an opportunity to pass through the interior of a mature mangrove forest, an area which is usually inaccessible. The mangrove is a remarkable tree because of its ability to live in salt water.
Expect to see Shag Nests and Kingfishers diving for food while on your walk.
Te Wairere & Secret Waterfalls
Very enjoyable walk. The waterfall track is well formed with several bridges and is marked with orange triangles. It is roughly a one hour return journey to this beautiful and previously ‘lost’ waterfall
Start at the Stone Store Carpark crossing the field and walking upstream
If unsure ask us in the office for directions
The Full Circle
This walk starts from the Beach directly outside Busby. It can be walked as a full day or split into segments
The section outside Busby is tide dependent. All other sections are non tide dependent and have a variety of highlights including.
- Cliff top walks
- Ferry to Okiato
- Bush walks
- Mangrove boardwalks
- Beach walks
- Lookout points
- Harbour views
We have maps and can discuss the various options available
View the falls from a stunning wheelchair accessible viewing platform. In summer this is a great place to relax and swim underneath the falls.
To extend your walk you can join the Kerikeri River Track down to the Stone Store. Alternatively wall up from the Stone Store. On your way you will pass one of the old pumping stations and the walk will take you about 1 hour each way .
Walking Urupukapuka Island
A stunning island with a variety of walks. A personal favourite of our staff at the Resort
- wetland including a hide
- beach walks
- stunning 360 degree views of the bay
- native birdlife including saddleback
- great swimming beaches
Over Winter ferries operate to the island Saturday & Sunday only - departing Paihia at 10am and returning at 1.45pm. click here to book to book your ferry
Ngawha Thermal Hot Springs
Timeless. These ponds apparently have some of the best healing properties world wide. The water is pumped into the pools directly from the thermal springs so is grey and sulphourous. Great for achy bodies plus you will sleep really well after! Ask staff at the Resort for directions as they are only 30 minutes away from the Resort . Entry is just $4
Puketi Forest Night Walk
Night walks in the forest where you will get to seek a variety of wild life including Wetas and the rare Kauri snail. Bird sound includes Morepork (our native owl) Great guides who provide a unique experience. Enquire at our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Birdwatching Urupukapuka Island
Project Island Song has re introduced many native birds to this island including Saddlebacks and Robins. A ferry operates to the Island for just $45.
Over Winter ferries operate to the island Saturday & Sunday only - departing Paihia at 10am and returning at 1.45pm. Click here to book to book your ferry
Visit Hokianga including Tane Mahuta & Glow worm caves
Visit the Hokianga harbour where maori first landed in New Zealand. Included is a visit to the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest to see TÄne Mahuta - a huge Kauri Tree - also known as the God of the Forest. A local maori guide will enlighten you on the history
You will also be able to visit Glow worm caves on the way home
This Small intimate tour departs from Busby Manor