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 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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