Culture & History

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 

Click here to book onto the popular Russell Mini Tour where you're driven to each point of interest with commentary from a lovely local.  This tour is one hour and receives great feedback

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) 
  •  A high-energy, entertaining cultural performance (30 minutes)
  •  "Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation" introductory film (22 minutes)
  • Carving Workshop - See the Carvers working on piece's that will go in the shop or for the grounds.
  • Gift Shop - Extra special, unique gifts sold here; jewellery, clothing, soaps, carvings, toys & skincare.
  • Exhibition Area - Above the Museum is an exhibition area showcasing various exhibitions throughout the year

Day passes for Sale at Busby Reception or book online here . 


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.

Pompallier House - 19th Century Building

Headquarters to the French Catholic Mission located on Russell Waterfront.  The first place to print the Bible in Maori. 

Tour the museum and grounds to see the procedure of how printing was done on one of the oldest printing machines, down to the fine detail of how the Bibles were covered.

Well worth including in your trip to Russell.  The Coffee Shop next door serves French Pastries.

They also offer a "Coffee and Croissant Tour" package.

Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve

While stood at the flagpole site reading the plaque explaining the site's history you are also surrounded by beautiful panoramic views so have your camera on you.

Before Flagstaff Hill was used for the flagpole it was occupied by prehistoric Maori. The hill had a turbulent past with the first four erected flagstaffs cut down in protest.

The flagstaff is situated on Maiki Hill near Russell. A walking track to the historic reserve begins near the boat ramp on the Strand in Russell. 

Rangihoua Pa and Marsden Cross

This stone monument marks the first mission settlement and first Christian service conducted in New Zealand.

Access via a 1.1km easy walking track.  Ask the Office for directions.

From the stile at the roadside, the track leads you through farmland to Oihi Bay and the Marsden Cross. 


Ruapekapeka Pa

Ruapekapeka is New Zealand’s best preserved land war battlefield. The ditch and bank defences, a carronade used by Chief Kawiti and the earthen defences of the British forward position are still visible.

For some insight into the Ruapekapeka battle:

Ask us in the office for directions, attractions in the vicinity and other historical places.

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. 


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