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.

Click here if you want to book in advance 


Winterless Cruise

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

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 and Moturua Island 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

Discover the Bay

Enjoy a 3hr scenic cruise to the Hole in the Rock on the way you will stop at Urupukapuka Island to stretch your legs and discover the abundant bird life on the island or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the views. 

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

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  on different types of boats 

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


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 

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.

Click here to book in advance


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

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