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

Dear Ida, Bridget and all the team at the Duke, We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our wedding at the Duke in December. You exceeded our expectations and all our guests have raved about the food, setting, accommodation and staff. We are so grateful for all the effort you put into our special day. Thank-you also for the gifts that were waiting for us in our room on our wedding night. We will be back at the Duke many more times!!

- Lucy & Andrew Neill 16th December 2017,

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