On The Water

Evening Cruise

Start or end your summer evening spent on a short 2-3 hour sail taking in all the Bay of Islands has to offer as the sun is setting, enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles. .

Various charters, itinerary and prices. We will help find the best one for you. 

Hole in the Rock

A half day trip allows you to explore the Bay and visit Piercy Island as named by Captain Cook or Motukokao. Motu means island and Kokako were the birds that used to inhabit the island which were prized for the feathers. Young male warriors would journey to the island and climb it's steep cliffs to gather feathers for their cloaks with the Hole in the Rock 

On most days you will have the opportunity to travel through the rock and out the other side 

Click here to book Hole in the Rock Trip at Reduced rate  
Click here to book Hole in the Rock Trip - with an Island Lunch at a Reduced rate (running once a day from 10am only until 30 September)


Snapper Fishing

The Bay of Islands is a fishing paradise. Our office can book book all fishing operators. Trips vary from four to 6 hours depending on whether you wish to target snapper or kingfish.  Rods and bait are provided and the skipper will filet your catch for you. 

King Fishing

Six and seven hour options, ranging up to 40ft in boat size.  Rods and bait provided and the fish caught is filleted for you.

Not cooking while on holiday?… Pop up to the local Swordfish Club close to Busby Manor who will batter and cook it for you.

Several charters to choose from and we will help find the best to suit you

Double Dip Combo - Cape Reinga and Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

Explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a dolphin watching cruise and a trip to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Choose either a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights. 

Click here to book your combo tour


At Busby Manor we have Kayaks available for $10 per "Northland hour" = as long as it takes

There is safe kayaking directly off the beach outside Busby Manor

Rental Kayaks are available from the Waitangi Bridge. Guided and unguided options are avaialble to the Haruru Falls. A very easy kayak especially if you go with the tide. There are some great mangroves to explore on the way and lots of birdlife. Look out for Spoonbill and nesting Shags (Cormorants) 

Kayaks can also be rented on Urupukapuka Island

Contact the office to book a guided tour office@busbymanor.co.nz 

Dolphin Watching

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day

Click here to book Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise at a Reduced rate 
Click here to book Discover the Bay with an Island Lunch Included at a Reduced rate (running once a day from 10am only untill 30 September)

Guaranteed lifetime Dolphin viewing - If you do not see Dolphins or Whales you can go again for free!


The Bay of Islands is truly a Sailing paradise. 

A full day trip will take you out in the Bay with lunch provided. All operators include an island stopover and have kayaks on board.

Contact the office to discuss the options available. office@busbymanor.co.nz

What's on offer at Busby Manor