Testimonials

  • The Duke of Marlborough Hotel won our hearts from day one with their exceptional food and wine. With each visit we were wowed by the extensive menu, but most impressive were the team who work at The Duke. They are warm, hospitable and fun, and experts at what they do. Having expert advice from Ida with the wedding plans was invaluable; she is a wealth of local knowledge and creative ideas, making it a fun and stress free process. The magical setting of Russell gave us endless options for our service and photos, and it was fantastic to have the Duke’s beautiful veranda as a very attractive ‘plan B’ for the ceremony in case of rain (which is rare in Russell).Our day went seamlessly and we can’t recommend the Duke enough. We are thrilled to be part of the Duke family for life, and look forward to many return trips to visit our new friends in this jewel of the Bay of Islands.

    Rebecca & Dave, 9 April 2016

  • Thank you so much for your amazing help with our Wedding and absolutely perfect reception, it couldn't have run more smoothly. Everyone is still buzzing about the day and so many of our guests have said it was one of the best Weddings they have been to, Ever!! It was a truly magic day that we will never forget.

    Jonathan and Emily, 1 April 2017

  • Thank you thank you thank you is all I can say. From the moment we walked in until the time we left, we were made to feel like Queens. I'd like to make special mention of Faith and Bridget - you two are absolutely amazing ladies and Hayley and I can't thank you both enough for the effort you both put in. We will never forget it ❤ ❤ To Vincent - you my friend are a true gentleman and I want to thank you for all that you did for us all weekend! You are very special ❤ To the res...t of the staff, again, thank you for the best weekend of our lives. Last but not least, Ida Birch. Words can't describe how special you made our weekend, how much stress you took from us and put on yourself to make our day as smooth as can be. The passion you have is absolutely beautiful and it shines through. We love you all and will be forever greatful. Hayley & Rebekah

    Rebekah & Hayley 27th August 2016,

  • Thank you SO much for hosting our dream wedding! We are so over the moon with how everything went and looked, I am IN LOVE with The Duke! And so are all of our friends and family and no doubt they will all be back. I couldn't have asked for a better venue! But honestly it wouldn't have been as good without the amazing staff at The Duke! You all ensured everything went smooth sailing, nothing was a problem. The food was incredible! Service was excellent, - you guys are just the best!!

    Chantel and Mark 3rd March 2017,

  • We wish to thank you so very much for the excellent planning of Sara and Michaels wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect. The staff were so polite and courteous and nothing was too much trouble. The food was divine. We all had a great time and it will be a day we will cherish forever. I would highly recommend the Duke to anyone wanting the perfect day for their wedding. You are a star and we cannot thank you enough. Many thanks Susan and Peter Wilson (Bride’s parents)

    Sara and Michael - 17th March 2017,

  • I can't say enough "thank you's" to you for your guidance, help and patience in the planning of Lauren & Toms wedding earlier this month. The wedding day was perfect in every respect from the start to the finish and many people commented what fabulous, well presented food they had at the reception. Even the weather came up trumps on the day as it was one of those beautiful hot sunny, windless days that we have in Northland, and everyone enjoyed the magnificent and stunning sun set from the deck of the Duke. Lauren lives in London so I had to do most of the planning on her behalf, however it was everything she wanted and with your assistance which was above and beyond what was expected, it made the organising so much easier. The Duke of Marlborough thoroughly deserves the reputation they have. Well done ! Once again the Duke did not disappoint us as this is the second wedding we have had there and both have exceeded our best expectations. Many thanks, Sallie

    Sallie Harnett for Lauren and Tom's wedding 11th February 2017,

  • I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given to Julia, Donavin and the family that has helped to make their wedding such a wonderful occasion. We have all had such an amazing time and have loved being at the Duke in such a wonderful location .

    Margery Moore Mother of Bride 10th December 2016,

  • OMG had the best ever day! I couldn't fault it! Thank you all so so much for everything! I'm recommending The Duke to all my friends getting married! so so much love Mr & Mrs Murray

    Susan and Ian Murray,

  • We were so impressed by the Duke from their fast communication to the final details. Both Bridget and Ida helped us plan most of the wedding from overseas (London) and were efficient, conscientious and most of all made the planning enjoyable! I would highly recommend their team to anyone. Ida, the wedding planner has loads of experience and was able to provide advice on vendors, timing, the ceremony and all the minute details. She was always well organised and nothing was too much trouble. This allowed us to have a really personalised experience which is very rare in reception venues! We called her day and night (including Sundays!) and she was always friendly and helpful. Furthermore on the day Jana ran the reception like clockwork and it was nice to know we could relax in good hands. She genuinely listened to our requests and treated the wedding like it was her own. As a designer I can be a stickler for details but the team went out of their way to accommodate the items &details I wanted to include-including the chefs! The Duke of Marlborough is the perfect location for an Auckland destination wedding. Our friends were happy to drive up and have all raved about how beautiful Russell is and stunning the Duke was. The rooms are beautiful and the ornate ballroom is divine when filled with flowers!! It took my breath away to see it all done up on our wedding day. We look forward to a continued friendship with the team (especially Ida the amazing planner) and will be returning very soon to your little piece of paradise! A HUGE THANK YOU to your team!

    Lauren and Shon February 2016,

  • Thank you so much for making Claire and Malcolm's wedding day so memorable and special. We were so lucky with the weather and the Duke was everything we had hoped for. There were many compliments about the venue, the food and the accommodation. As the parents it was great to know we didn't have to worry about a thing at the reception and really enjoyed it ourselves. Please pass our thanks onto all the others involved on the night.

    Jane and Bob Macky,

  • Dear Ida, Bridget, Anton, Dan and all your wonderful staff I simply had to write to pass on our heartfelt thanks. Our requests from overseas were many and varied, but mostly we wanted to create a wonderful, stress-free day, for ourselves and our guests. You all, together, made our day more than perfect. Our expectations were more than exceeded – and we will never forget it. Your assistance with planning; not only the reception and accommodation at the Duke, but also the flowers, the makeup, the hair stylist, the photographer, the baby-sitter, and even the brunch the following day, made everything so uncomplicated. Our guests were thrilled with the venue, the wedding as a whole, and most prominent were the comments on the quality of the food. Each member of your staff were helpful, friendly and completely willing to assist us in all ways, without hesitation. We simply can’t thank you enough for such a memorable few days at The Duke. We shall return, and probably with most of our guests.

    Maarea & Tim Sollart,

  • Having taking my partner to Russell for the first time and having an absolutely amazing dinner at the Duke we got talking to a staff member and well one thing lead to another and we ended up booking The Duke for our wedding reception. The wedding coordinator Ida Birch was amazing her local knowledge and help in organising a wedding was irreplaceable. The staff were amazing from organising accommodation to setting up the Ball room for the reception. The whole night went with out a hitch, the food was to die, for such an amazing menu to chose from. I would definitely recommend The Duke as a wedding reception. Such professional, friendly, genuine staff and an amazing historical location in such a beautiful part of New Zealand. Friends, family and ourselves had such an amazing unforgettable night.

    Candace & Mick Gray,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • The Duke of Marlborough Hotel won our hearts from day one with their exceptional food and wine. With each visit we were wowed by the extensive menu, but most impressive were the team who work at The Duke. They are warm, hospitable and fun, and experts at what they do. Having expert advice from Ida with the wedding plans was invaluable; she is a wealth of local knowledge and creative ideas, making it a fun and stress free process. The magical setting of Russell gave us endless options for our service and photos, and it was fantastic to have the Duke’s beautiful veranda as a very attractive ‘plan B’ for the ceremony in case of rain (which is rare in Russell).Our day went seamlessly and we can’t recommend the Duke enough. We are thrilled to be part of the Duke family for life, and look forward to many return trips to visit our new friends in this jewel of the Bay of Islands.

    Rebecca Wall & David Divett, 9th April 2016, Auckland

  • Mark and I would like to thank you, Bridget, Ida, Janna and all the Duke team for being so fabulous with the organisation of our wedding. Words cannot express how indebted we are to you all. This was not an easy wedding to organise, with having the Hindu ceremony at 1pm and then having to transform the hall for the reception at 5pm. However you all made it look so easy and everything was perfect. At the start of the reception, Bruce informed me that we were only 4 mins behind the schedule prepared months ago. To achieve this is testimony to the fabulous organisational skills of the rest of the Duke team. On the day, I knew I was in good hands and didn't have to worry about a thing. I have had so many great compliments about how fantastic the food was so would you please pass on my regards to the chef. The venison was delightful and simply melted in your mouth. From what I understand the canapés were a real hit with the guests too. Also thank you for being so accommodating with the Sri Lankan food for the Hindu ceremony. I have to say a big thank you for all the hard work you have all put over the last 9 months. You were so fantastic with coming up with solutions to any problem I had and so efficient at getting things organised. You were always ready to talk and never too busy. And of course all of this hard work was always done with a smile. When we chose to have the wedding at the Duke 11 months ago, it was because we loved the fabulous meals we had there and loved the decor and feel of the place. But let me tell you, the Duke now holds a very special place in our hearts and it is because of the fabulous team of people who we have gotten to know so well and who made our wedding day so special. Mark and I will be up there to visit from time to time and we have already planned to spend our wedding anniversary at the Duke too. Thank-you so much. Shivani & Mark

    Shivani & Mark 19th March 2016,

  • Firstly, I wanted to say a big thank you to Ida! From the initial contact many months ago right through to the day before, you have been nothing but attentive and fantastic. You catered to any queries Shae or I had and were always so quick to respond. Working with you in the lead up to our special day was nothing but a pleasure. I also wanted to thank Tim and his wonderful team on the day. They were on beck and call the whole evening, the glasses were always topped up, the meal service was great and the set up and clearing of tables was spot on. I’ve heard nothing but praises from all our guests about the service and food from your team so thank you, you did such a great job. Can you please also pass on my thanks to anyone else that helped out behind the scenes, whether it was in the kitchen, housekeeping or in the office. Everyone that played a part in our special day deserves a cheers from us! The main thing Shae and I wanted was a laid back, stress free and enjoyable evening with our beautiful family and friends and this is exactly what we had. Everyone had such a great time and that mainly falls back on you guys and the service you offer at the Duke of Marlborough so from Shamus, myself and our parents, I extend our thanks.

    Shamus and Alysha MacInnes,

  • To the Team at the Duke, especially Bridget, Ida and Tim, thank you for all your help leading up to and on the day of our wedding. You went above and beyond the call of duty supporting us within every aspect, being flexible and accommodating to all our needs. We would recommend the Duke of Marlborough not just for a wedding but also for a night away or just a meal. The staff are friendly, approachable and very helpful. Thanks again, Han and Richie MacPherson

    Hannah & Richie MacPherson,

  • We booked the Duke as our wedding venue around about 1.5 years before our wedding, the only thing we were on time with getting organized and I am so glad we did! Ida and the team could not have been more helpful, with customizing their already delicious menu plan, helping to remind us and organize all those details that are easy to overlook, with moving and removing people around rooms to suit various dates/requirements (we booked the hotel for 4 nights) The staff couldn't have been more helpful and attentive.The hotel itself is beautiful and the setting was just perfect for a wedding. We loved it so much we plan to come back every year for our anniversary!

    Laura & Bradley 3rd December 2016,

  • 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,

  • The Duke was a perfect place to host our wedding. From the pre-planning to the day itself everything went exactly as I had hoped it would.

    Julia D,

  • We have just had the enormous pleasure of hosting our daughter's wedding at the gorgeous Duke of Marlborough and cannot thank Bridget and her team enough. This hotel is a seriously professional operation and our day went without a hitch.

    Marie-Celeste,

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