About the Bay of Islands

Steeped in history and stunning scenery, the Bay of Islands is located on the east coast of New Zealand's sub-tropical North. Made up of 144 islands, The Bay has a wealth of land and sea based activity - all of which are accessible from Russell. Russell is a beautiful seaside town with a superb historic story covering settlements, land wars, whaling to becoming our nation’s first capital. From whalers to missionaries to today’s traveller, Russell and the Bay of Islands has always had something special to offer. 

What our customers say

We loved everything about our wedding at The Duke of Marlborough. The venue has such character and class and it suited our wedding style perfectly. Even without adding any styling, it is truly a stunning venue and location. The team were a breeze to work with as we added our own little touches for our wedding reception. The service from all the Duke staff was impeccable, and the food (as always) was divine. We had so many comments from our guests after our wedding about the outstanding food and wonderful service. Big thanks to Ida, Tim and the team for running such a smooth operation. We would do it all again in a heartbeat. - Chloe & Kent xx

- Chloe & Kent 24th March 2016,

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