Adventure & Sport

Thunder Trike Tours

Door to door service that has recently become popular with guests of Busby Manor.

Be driven around the Bay powered by a 5.7L 350 Chevrolet Edelbrock motor, taken to various spots with great views and photo opportunities.

No helmets required – the Trike is registered as a convertible car and comes complete with full seat belts. You can enjoy the wind in your face and experience the adrenaline!

Scenic Flight to Cape Reinga

A stunning way to view the top of the North Island. Fly up the west coast over ninety mile beach. Land approx 30 minutes from the Cape on a grass airfield where to transfer to a coach to take you to the west coast to sandboard on the sand hills and then onto Cape Reinga and the Lighthouse. The return flight takes you right down the east coast over all of the Islands and Harbours

Overall an absolutely awesome experience with so much different scenery to view. We were lucky to see Orca and Dolphins 

Book at Busby to receive reduced rates


The Highest Parasail in New Zealand operates out of the Bay of Islands. Sit secure in a comfy harness and see stunning views of the bay. You will be gently relased into the air from the back of the boat and gently returned to without getting wet. A must do for all age groups - some of our 80 year old owners have tried it out and loved it

Book at Busby Manor to receive reduced rates 


Helecopter to Hole in the Rock

The best way to see the Bay from above. Small flight covers huge area and gives you the chance to see most of the islands and our stunning scenery  Book at Busby to receive reduced rates


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 


Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Over thirty tracks that include those for advanced riders and introductory tracks for beginners ranging from grade 2-5.

Downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails.

Hire bikes from the resort or book with a local rental business that includes pick up/drop off, top of the range suspension bikes and maps/guidance. 

Click here to register for the Park and view the Trail Maps

Cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Cycle along the old Railway, through farmland and valley’s. A beautiful, scenic and enjoyable bike ride. 

Majority of the track is grade 1-2 with just a small part grade 3. 

Hire bikes from the resort or book with a local rental business that includes pick up/drop off, top of the range suspension bikes & maps/guidance. 

Horse Riding

1 to 2 hour rides that can include taking the horses for a swim, riding through the forest or taking a bay view scenic ride. 

Rides to suit beginners and advanced.

Information available in the office where will find the best to suit your experience with horses.

Jet Ski-ing

Explore the Bay of Islands on your own Jet Ski led by an experienced guide.

See Caves, Beaches, Islands and more. Contact us to discuss the options available.

Snorkeling - Poor Nights Marine Sanctuary

The islands are renowned for their diving and snorkelling. A warm current flows right by the islands so attracts many fish only found in warm water.  The last time I snorkelled there in summer on an organised trip I saw many stingrays, huge snapper, moray and many beautiful coloured fish plus was fortunate enough to see a huge mantra ray.  It is one of the few places where I have seen as much snorkeling as when I dived the same spot a week later. 

Local tour operators run Diving trips and Boat trips for Snorkelling, Sightseeing, Kayaking, Cave Exploration & Swimming. Contact us to find the best option for you. 

Diving Canterbury Wreck - Deep Water Cove

Former HMNZS Cantebury lies in Deepwater Cove at the entrance to the Bay of Islands.

114 metres long she lies in one of the most stunning and sheltered locations in the Bay

If you wish to book in advance of arrival contact to book at a reduced rate 

Diving Rainbow Warrior Wreck

Dive the Rainbow Warrior one of New Zealands premier wreck dives, She was Greenpeace's flagship vessel and was on her way to protest French nuclear testing on Mururoa Atoll when she was sunk by French saboterurs on July 10 1985 in Auckland Harbour. 

If you wish to book in advance of arrival contact to book at a reduced rate 


Visit Cape Reinga

Breathtaking Scenic trip right to the very top of New Zealand.

Drive along 90 mile beach
See Cape Reinga Lighthouse
Sandboard down massive sand dunes
Waterfront lunchstop 
Visit giant Kauri Trees at Puketi Forest
Departs from Busby Manor every morning at 7.15am and returns approximately 4.45pm 

Special reduced rates available for Busby Manor contact the office to book.

Many options are available  and it is highly recommended to take a tour rather than drive as the trip up the beach is stunning. Option to connect from further north for just $60 contact the office for more details

What's on offer at Busby Manor