On The Water

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 

Over winter you can swim with the dolphins for an additional $15

Click here to book Hole in the Rock Trip at Reduced rate

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. 

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 at reduced price 


At Busby Manor we have Kayaks avaialble 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 

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

Cliffs and Caves Tour

Summer only product - Currently not operating

A short two hour cruise that takes you around the back of the islands in very comfortable inflatable boat with individual seats. You chance to get up close and see parts of the bay not usually explored

Contact the office to book at a reduced rate 

Swim with Dolphins

Get up close to view and swim  with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand's warmest waters. Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied.

Some terms and conditions apply as Department of Conservation guidelines apply so swimming is not permitted when juvenile dolphins are in the pod.

This trip is available only over summer.  

Click here to Book swim with Dolphins at reduced rate

During winter you have the option to add a swim to the dolphin cruise to the hole in the rock for $15

Cream Trip - Full day on the water

The most popular and famous cruise in  Bay of Islands.The “Cream Trip" began in 1927. The cruise explores most of the islands in the bay stopping to drop of mail to residents living on the islands.  Encounter dolphins along the way.  Includes a lunchtime stop at Urupukapuka island (Take your own lunch, order ahead  or purchase on board)  The viewpoint from the top of the hill is absolutely stunning and includes a panorama of most of the islands and bays.

Along the way you can swim in the boom nets along the side of the boat. An optional extra is to swim with the dolphins (pay on board or book ahead) 

Click here to book Cream Trip at reduced rate    Cream trip only operates over summer

Double Dip Combo -Cape Reinga and Cream Trip

Click to book Cape Reinga and Cream Trip Combo at a reduced rate for summer 

Cream Trip does not operate over winter




What's on offer at Busby Manor