On The Water

Ocean Adventure - Fast Boat

Fast Boat to the Hole in the Rock is great for the thrill seeker.

Return 1.5 hour trip with commentary about the Bay of Islands as you're passing through the beautiful scenery and stopping to take photos.

Option to visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island at the end of the cruise and return on one of the later ferries at no extra cost.


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  



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. 

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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

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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. 

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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 Nature Cruise inc Snorkelling

Head out in search of Dolphins on a comfortable power cat, purpose built for dolphin viewing with observation decks and large side opening windows.

A snorkel spot will be chosen by the Skipper where you can enjoy time in the water.

If time permits, you will also visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island afterwards and if you wish you can extend your time on the island and return on one of the later ferries – at no extra cost.


Bays & Beaches

This tour only operates in the Summer from October to Easter 

A short 1.5 hour cruise that takes you around the bay and to Robertson Island where you can go for a walk and see the beautiful lagoons that it is well known for. 

At no extra cost to the trip you have the option to get dropped off on Urupukapuka Island, spend the day walking, relaxing, taking in the scenery and nature.  Pick up is arranged for later in the day.

Contact the office to book at a reduced rate 

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 off mail to residents living on the islands.  Encounter dolphins along the way.  Includes a lunchtime stop over on the island of the day (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. 

Click here to book Cream Trip at Reduced rate   

The Beginnings Combo - Cape Reinga and Cream Trip

Enjoy a day on the water with the a popular boat cruise in the Bay of Islands, soaking up the surrounding beauty and history of the area. Take to the roads and discover the Far North on an exciting day tour to Cape Reinga.





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

Sundowner Evening Cruise

Best thing about this is the Catamaran is moored directy across the road from Busby Manor where you step aboard from the Beach.

Enjoy a relaxed and smooth sail in a peaceful setting while the sun is going down, have a swim stop and a complimentary drink.

Departs at 5pm and returns 7pm so a perfect evening cruise taking in the sights of the idyllic Bay of Islands before heading out with friends and family, a romantic getaway, or just the perfect escape from the daily grind!

Catamaran Island Hopper Day Sail

Snorkel – Swim – Paddle Board – Picnic – Hike – Wildlife 

Moored across from Busby Manor so step straight aboard from the Beachfront

10am until 4pm with two hour lunch and leisure island stop

Includes a Coffee/tea/hot chocolate & biscuit to start your day, a delicious packed picnic lunch and an afternoon refreshing cold drink on the return sail


What's on offer at Busby Manor