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 had our dream wedding at the Duke. Ida, Alex and the entire team couldn't have been more thoughtful, professional or helpful. The venue is stunning, and the staff made the whole day stress-free, fun and easy from beginning to end. We had an unexpected guest show up, and the team arranged him a place with no fuss. The food was absolutely incredible,and the day flowed perfectly. Everything was absolutely the way we wanted it, with lots of lovely, thoughtful touches. The rooms were also beautiful. All of our 115 guests commented on what a fantastic venue the Duke is- lots have said it's the best wedding they've been to! If you're getting married, do it at the duke. You won't regret it!!! Love, Carl & Jess

- Jess & Carl 5th May 2018,

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