Welcome to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Iconic Accommodation and Dining in Russell, Bay of Islands

Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827. Located on the waterfront of Russell in the Bay of Islands, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers an outstanding restaurant, accommodation and event venue. Holding New Zealand's first liquor licence, this historical beauty has been lovingly restored and offers her visitors a great place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by.

  Come and visit us in Russell - stay for lunch, stay for dinner or stay the night.

Explore The Duke of Marlborough

Our History

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel has a history dating back to 1827 starting its life as an unlicensed 'grog shop' owned by an ex-convict turned good.

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Things To Do

The Bay of Islands has a wide range of things to do and sights to see. From the historical to the hair raising you won't be disappointed and The Duke is a great base to see all the Bay has to offer.

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Gala Dinners

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel's Grand Ball room is the perfect venue for your group's Gala dinner. With outstanding food and service it's a great place to bring your team for a night of celebration.

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What our customers say

We could not have picked a better reception venue for our wedding. The Duke were so easy to work with and always friendly, attentive and honest. During the planning process Ida and her team were always very informative and supportive. On the day of the wedding, we did not have to worry about a thing. Every detail we asked, Selena and her staff ensured it happened; from moving the seating chart at a certain time during the reception to making sure the bows on the menu's sat a certain way. During the evening the staff were so well organised and contributed to an awesome day & night for Dan & I. It has been 3 weeks since our big day and our friends and family are still asking if we can do it all again...!! They just loved the Dukes hospitality, atmosphere and food so much. Cheers guys, cannot wait to come back and visit in the years to come!

- Dan & Jenna Mackay,

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