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

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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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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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

My daughter Ashley married Andrew BartIey last weekend on 17.2.18 at the garden up the hill and then had their reception at the Duke and I am just contacting you to thank you and all your staff for doing such an amazing job on the day for all of us. The food was awesome and everyone had sufficient in choices and amounts and the wine seemed to do the trick quite nicely. However what really made the day super was your staff over the complete complex, Ida was great and your reception people were excellent but your function staff really made it a great experience they were so helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. Nothing was a bother even at the end of the night with the few swimmers and stragglers (including us) we never felt rushed or pressured to leave they just carried on cleaning up around us which was lovely. Karen Muir [Mother of Bride ] 17th February 2018

- Ashley & Andrew 17th February 2018,

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