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

Thank you so much for all the organising and sorting out of things you did in preparation for our wedding reception last Friday. Also thank you to the staff at the Duke so so much for their input with setting up and having things run smoothly on the night. It was brilliant! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect, it was more than we could have imagined! We have had nothing but wonderful feedback. Everyone loved the food and the character of the Duke. We really enjoyed working with Ida and would easily recommend the Duke as a potential venue for occasions. Classy with character, thank you so much for making our day memorable and more!

- Helen and Kelly Ludlow,

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