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.

Ladies Night @ The Duke

3 July 2019

A hilarious and cheeky Kiwi comedy bought you by the Kerikeri Theater Company.  $25 per ticket, starts @ 6pm.  Tickets purchased at iticket or direct from the Duke.  Over 18's only

The Great Northern Debate

6 July 2019

Russell Museum Presents a Museum rebuild fundraising debate.  'Should the seat of Government return to Russell?'  $100pp, includes drink on arrival and $50 donation, starts 6pm. To book  - click here  For more information contact the Museum

Russell Birdman Festival

12, 13 July 2019

Its wild, wacky and so much fun. Take your family,  mates and come to the Russell Birdman 2019. This year the festival is a 2 day event as we celebrate 14 years of people falling off the Russell wharf. This festival is a perfect environment for families with kids.  for Details click here 

Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival

9, 10, 11 August 2019

Every year jazz and blues musicians gather from all over New Zealand and overseas for the annual Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival.  The venues in Paihia and Russell host over 150 hours of quality jazz and blues during the three-day event. Check the website for more information

Wizard & Oz @ Charlotte's Kitchen

15 August 2019

From 6pm come along and listen to the music of legends Wizard & Oz at Charlotte's Kitchen in Paihia.  From 6pm, bookings 09 402 8296 or [email protected]  

Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands BEAST

24 August 2019

The Fullers Greatsights Bay of Islands BEAST is a super tough 7km course course over rolling countryside; navigating swamps, river crossings, a little bit of mud, some very steep hills and traverse rugged uneven terrain. Tickets

IT festival

5 October 2019

This Boutique Food and Wine Festival is in its 10th 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!  Check out the details here 

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

18, 19, 20 October 2019

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..

Te Rima Multisport challenge

2 November 2019

For more information please click here

Melbourne Cup at the Duke of Marlborough

5 November 2019

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel presents the iconic Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 5th November 2019

Details coming soon, but mark it in your dairy as it's an event not to be missed!


Kerikeri Half Marathon

23 November 2019

The ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon on Saturday, 23 November 2019 is a predominantly downhill run from Okaihau to Kerikeri, and is the final event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series each year.  For more information see

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!

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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