On The Water

Winterless Cruise

Enjoy a scenic trip via Sea Shuttle taking you straight to enjoy time on 2 Islands - Roberton & Urupukapuka

This trip is three hours and great for those who enjoy walking.

Roberton Island has a walk to a scenic look out point that is beautiful, overlooking two Lagoons. 

All areas of Urupukapuka have native Birds and Trees.  Which Bay you go to is decided on the day.

Ask us in the office to check availability for you.

Highlights of the Bay Combo

Enjoy the half day Hole in the Rock Cruise and then step off in Russell to be taken on a one hour Bus Shuttle l seeing all the historic hotspots with a full commentary.  This trip receives great feedback.

Spend the rest of your time in Russell as you wish and receive a complimentary ferry pass to return back to Paihia.

We can check availability and book for you in the office.

Tall Ship Sailing

Thompson is a great experience and you get the chance to help with the sailing preparations or just sit back and watch.

This option is now closed for the year as youth development voyages operate over the winter.The R. Tucker

In summer it includes Includes morning tea and a BBQ lunch and has a cash bar.

The evening sail includes an antipasto platter and is a shorter trip.



Click here to book at a discounted price from November 2021

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

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.  Enjoy some time on Otehei Bay - Ururupukapuka Island.

to book a discounted rate click here  At least a 10% discount will be deducted from price quoted when you click to book


Snapper Fishing

The Bay of Islands is a fishing paradise. Our office can book all fishing operators.

Trips vary from 4 to 6 hours depending on whether you wish to target snapper or kingfish.  Rods and bait are provided and the skipper will fillet your catch for you. 

4 -5 hours Snapper trips vary from $125 to $150 on different types of boats 

Some boats start early in the morning  at 7am and some are  later

Kingfishing approx $290 for six hours 

Click here if you want to book ahead on a shared or private charter with Spot X

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

Click here if you want to book ahead with Spot X on a shared or private charter


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 

Sailing Charter with Island Stop

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