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.

Upsurge Art Festival

18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 September 2022

A six day festival of the arts around the Bay of Islands region.

For more information and tickets purchase click here

ÏT" Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival

1 October 2022

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!

Waka Ama Nationals

7, 8, 9 October 2022

Long distance Waka Ama Nationals

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

13, 14, 15, 16 October 2022

For more information and tickets, Click here

Coastal Classic Yacht Race

21, 22 October 2022

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. Pic Coastal Classic

Beach to Bay Ocean Swim Series

29 October 2022

The Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series team returns to the tranquil, and warm waters of the Far North!

For more information and entry forms please click here

Melbourne Cup at the Duke

1 November 2022

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel presents the iconic Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 1nd November 2022


Kerikeri Half Marathon

19 November 2022

This Half Marathon is an iconic feature on the Northland events calendar. Starting in Okaihau the 21.1km course makes its way through rolling countryside to finish in the centre of town at the Kerikeri Domain.

For more information and entry forms please click here

Kerikeri Street Party

19 November 2022

A Celebration of Local food, Craft beer and Wine. Music and More

For information please click here

Waitangi Mahi Tahi 8 hours team relay race

10 December 2022

Waitangi Mahi Tahi - 8 Hour Team MTB Relay

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

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New Year Eve

31 December 2022

Come and enjoy the Festivities on The Strand

Bay of Islands Sailing week

24, 25, 26, 27 January 2023

The 20th edition of NZ’s best big-boat regatta !

For information and entry forms please click here


Waitangi Day

6 February 2023

Waitangi Day – people of all communities and backgrounds gather at Waitangi to commemorate the first signing of New Zealand’s founding document: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, on 6 February 1840.

5am with a dawn service in Te Whare R?nanga 

All-day entertainment creates a fun, festival atmosphere,

What our customers say

We loved everything about our wedding at The Duke of Marlborough. The venue has such character and class and it suited our wedding style perfectly. Even without adding any styling, it is truly a stunning venue and location. The team were a breeze to work with as we added our own little touches for our wedding reception. The service from all the Duke staff was impeccable, and the food (as always) was divine. We had so many comments from our guests after our wedding about the outstanding food and wonderful service. Big thanks to Ida, Tim and the team for running such a smooth operation. We would do it all again in a heartbeat. - Chloe & Kent xx

- Chloe & Kent 24th March 2016,

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