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 simple, romantic wedding ceremony and reception at the Duke of Marlborough. Ida, Ellie and all of the wedding team did an amazing job. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to! The reception was out on the deck (with the sun setting over the water and Dan on the guitar). We loved the menu choices. The food presentation was incredible. Best of all was the caring, attentive staff who made everyone feel special with their great Northland Hospitality. Ida and Ellie you are both a fantastic advertisement for the Duke. We can't wait to come back! Kerry and Megan McCollum

- Kerry & Megan McCollum 5th April 2019,

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