Welcome to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Iconic Bay of Islands Hotel Accommodation and Dining in Russell

Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827. Located on the waterfront of Russell in the Bay of Islands, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers an outstanding restaurant, accommodation and event venue. Holding New Zealand's first liquor licence, this historical beauty has been lovingly restored and offers her visitors a great place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by.

  Come and visit us in Russell - stay for lunch, stay for dinner or stay the night.

Explore The Duke of Marlborough

Things To Do

The Bay of Islands has a wide range of things to do and sights to see. From the historical to the hair raising you won't be disappointed and The Duke is a great base to see all the Bay has to offer.

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Our History

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel has a history dating back to 1827 starting its life as an unlicensed 'grog shop' owned by an ex-convict turned good.

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Gala Dinners

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel's Grand Ball room is the perfect venue for your group's Gala dinner. With outstanding food and service it's a great place to bring your team for a night of celebration.

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What our customers say

Kia ora, To you all at the Duke. Thank-you for a beautiful day of my son's wedding, David & Alison Walding. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity and staff, happy people and lots of love, a beautiful place to have a wedding 100%. The food was choice, nice & clean. My room the best, loved it. Thank-you so much for a beautiful day and wedding for my son his new bride. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart. Love to all, Kathy Walding

- David and Alison Walding 10th March 2018,

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