Welcome to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Iconic Accommodation and Dining in Russell, Bay of Islands

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

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,

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