Events in the Bay

What's On in the Bay of Islands

IT Festival

6 October 2018

This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is in its 9th year in the Bay of Islands. This is “it!!” – the event not to be missed – Love it! Cook it! Drink it! Bite it! Sing it!

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

12, 13, 14 October 2018

“Bay of Islands Walking Weekend is a new walking weekend to the calendar and is based out of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands. Over two and half days there are 22 walks to choose from, all walks leave from Russell and for the more adventurous among us, take a trip on a boat out to some of our fabulous islands where some of the walks are based....   Need accommodation? The Duke team will look after you (we're not promising foot rubs!) and provide the perfect spot to relax and refuel after a hard days walking...”

Coastal Classic Yacht race

19 October 2018

Grab yourself a warm jacket & binoculars then head for Flagstaff Hill to watch as the fleet race into the Bay.The Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Devonport Wharf to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's premier fleet yacht race and has been held annually at Labour weekend since its inception in 1982.

Te Rima Multisport challenge

27 October 2018

A 101km course that will test you, and let you go from the Pacific to the Tasman ocean.

The team at Time 2 Train have designed a course utilising a great part of the Pou Heranga Twin Coast cycle-way.

There are five legs to the event, and the distances are almost the same.

Sir John Edward Rowles OBE - This show is for you

28 October 2018

Don't miss this special event featuring his Greatest hits

At the Duke of Marlborough Hotel from 3pm – 6pm.

Tickets are available for purchase at the duke of Marlborough Reception

Drink on arrival and food platters





Melbourne Cup at the Duke of Marlborough

6 November 2018

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel presents the iconic Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 6th November 2018

The day starts from 12.30pm when a glass of bubbles is given on arrival as you are seated at your table. A 3 course lunch follows with all races live on screens throughout the afternoon, Tab, live music between races, and the Duke’s own fun Steeplechase on the Strand. $1500 worth of prizes for best dressed male and female and many spot prizes.

Tickets are only $65, available from reception [094037829]or via email [ [email protected] ]  and you will need to get in quick as seats are selling fast!!!

Duke of Marlborough Hotel BOI Classic

1 December 2018

Ocean Swim

Paihia to Russell 3.3 km

Russell 750m

Oceankids 100m and 200m

Fireworks on New Years Eve! Russell Waterfront

Watch the fireworks from Russell Wharf and ring in the new year with a bang! The above water display is outstanding and seems to get better every year. There are few places in the world as friendly as Russell on the evening of 31st December! See you there.

Fishing Tournements

So many fish – so little time. Russell and the Bay of Islands are hosts to a wide variety of fishing tournaments. From the Zane Grey one Base to the International Yellow tale there is one to suit all fisher-people.

Click here for more information.

What our customers say

I can't say enough "thank you's" to you for your guidance, help and patience in the planning of Lauren & Toms wedding earlier this month. The wedding day was perfect in every respect from the start to the finish and many people commented what fabulous, well presented food they had at the reception. Even the weather came up trumps on the day as it was one of those beautiful hot sunny, windless days that we have in Northland, and everyone enjoyed the magnificent and stunning sun set from the deck of the Duke. Lauren lives in London so I had to do most of the planning on her behalf, however it was everything she wanted and with your assistance which was above and beyond what was expected, it made the organising so much easier. The Duke of Marlborough thoroughly deserves the reputation they have. Well done ! Once again the Duke did not disappoint us as this is the second wedding we have had there and both have exceeded our best expectations. Many thanks, Sallie

- Sallie Harnett for Lauren and Tom's wedding 11th February 2017,

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