Weddings at The Duke

The Perfect Bay of Islands Wedding Venue

Celebrate your wedding at a New Zealand icon in the beautiful Bay of Islands, near Paihia. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell offers a unique wedding destination where you can experience the historic charm of New Zealand’s first licensed hotel. The Duke is located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell and offers a majestic Northland wedding venue for you and your guests.

The Duke provides the perfect wedding venue where you can enjoy having your wedding ceremony, reception and accommodation all in one place. The grand ball room with ornate ceilings, chandeliers and polished wooden floor boards opens up directly onto sun filled decks overlooking the sea. The function room is filled with individually upholstered chairs seating up to 140 guests comfortably. There is also a stunning garden alongside the ballroom which is perfect for wedding ceremonies underneath the historic 150 year fig tree looking out to sea.

With an award restaurant (featuring in Cuisine magazines top 100 restaurants), the Duke offers exquisite cuisine and exceptional service. We meet with the bride and groom and tailor the menu and wine list to ensure a memorable celebration for you and your guests. The Duke has an on-site wedding co-ordinator with experience in planning and delivering tailor made, personalised weddings to guarantee a truly memorable day.

For more information on weddings at The Duke, prices and menus please contact us at and we will send you a detailed wedding pack.

You can view more images of the venue in our gallery or click on the following link to watch a video from one of our beautiful couples.  Thank you Aidan and Hana for sharing this with us.

Wedding images taken by Jess Burgess at Exposure Photography

Want to know more or book your wedding? Please get in touch  and we will be back in contact.

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What our customers say

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,

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