Events

Bay Of Islands Activities

Check out all these exciting events and activities held in the Bay of Islands - all of which you can do while staying and enjoying the comforts of The Duke of Marlborough Hotel.

Firework on Russell waterfront - New Year Eve

31 December 2019

Watch the Firework on Russell Waterfront at midnight and start the New Year with a bang!

Tall Ships Regatta

11 January 2020

Prize giving, Hangi and Dancing at Russell Boat Club

Bay of Islands Sailing week

21, 22, 23, 24 January 2020

Bay of Islands Music Festival

25, 26 January 2020

For Festival information click here

Waka Ama Festival

21, 22 March 2020

For Festival information click here

Jennian Mother's Day Fun Run

3 May 2020

Bay of Islands Country and Rock festival

8, 9, 10 May 2020

For more information and to buy day or weekend passes,

please click here

Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival

7, 8, 9 August 2020

Held every year in Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and Haruru Falls. See international and local bands play on the street for free! In Russell it coincides with the Classic Car Show. You buy a badge and enjoy all the jazz and blues you can handle, all weekend long.

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

16, 17, 18 October 2020

Based in Russell, the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend has 18 walks to choose from  – from a Cultural History tour around the Russell Village to an Island Ramble – heading out on the famous R. Tucker Thompson to Otehei Bay, there is something for everyone who loves to walk! For more information and bookings please visit the BoI..

Coastal classic Yacht Race

24 October 2020

This challenging coastal race is one of the biggest of its type in the world, and it's long marked the opening of the summer sailing season for many hundreds of Kiwi boaties. www.costalclassic.co.nz

What our customers say

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel won our hearts from day one with their exceptional food and wine. With each visit we were wowed by the extensive menu, but most impressive were the team who work at The Duke. They are warm, hospitable and fun, and experts at what they do. Having expert advice from Ida with the wedding plans was invaluable; she is a wealth of local knowledge and creative ideas, making it a fun and stress free process. The magical setting of Russell gave us endless options for our service and photos, and it was fantastic to have the Duke's beautiful veranda as a very attractive 'plan' for the ceremony in case of rain (which is rare in Russell).Our day went seamlessly and we can't recommend the Duke enough. We are thrilled to be part of the Duke family for life, and look forward to many return trips to visit our new friends in this jewel of the Bay of Islands.

- Rebecca & Dave, 9 April 2016

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