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 cannot recommend highly enough the team at the Duke, including Ida, Janna and Bridget, for pulling together an amazing wedding weekend. In addition to this, a weekend away, or a whole family get together - no matter what the occasion, do yourself a favour and come to the Duke. Our family and friends have all voted the location, service, food, friendliness and accommodation as 5 star - a truly magical experience that makes us all want to do it every year! We will be back for anniversaries and any other large or small gathering we can dream up!

- Jo Hogan & James McHardy 23rd April 2016,

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