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.

Bay of Islands Rock and Country Music Festival

7, 8, 9 May 2021

For more information and to buy day or weekend passes,

please click here

Jennian Mother's Day Fun Run

16 May 2021

For more information, Click here

Go Green Award and Fashion show

25 June 2021

Trash to treasure fashion show and Go Green Award at the duke of Marlborough.

To buy tickets contact Trish Macintosh [email protected] $85 per person


Russell Birdman Festival

16, 17 July 2021

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 Music Festival

13, 14, 15 August 2021

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.

For more information, program and badges, 

Fullers Greatsights Bay of Islands BEAST

28 August 2021

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 here

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

15, 16, 17 October 2021

Based in Russell, the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend has 18 walks to choose from. For more information and bookings please visit 

 BoI Walking weekend website 

Coastal Classic Yacht race

22 October 2021

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.

Melbourne Cup

2 November 2021

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel presents the iconic Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 2nd November 2021

 To book a seat seat please call our Weddings and Functions team on 09 403 7829, tickets are selling out fast.

“it!” Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival

6 November 2021

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!

Kerikeri Half Marathon

13 November 2021

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

Wander Women Adventure Race

13 November 2021

A beginner friendly race designed to empower women. It is about accepting the challenge and then going out there and doing it.

If you haven’t done an adventure race before then take the leap!

For more details click here

New Years Eve Firework on the Waterfront

31 December 2021

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

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