Events & Activities

Looking for things to do while in Russell and the Bay of Islands?  Adventure awaits around every corner and relaxation is simply a way of life. Dive into crystal-clear waters for a day of snorkeling or sailing, explore lush hiking trails with stunning views around every bend, or simply unwind on pristine beaches with a good book and a cold drink in hand.  The fishing ain't half bad either!  

Whether you're seeking excitement or serenity, come discover the endless possibilities waiting for you in this beautiful corner of New Zealand. Welcome to paradise.  

The Duke puts on some fantastic events  so get ready to soak up the good vibes with a little help from the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, your go-to for all things fun and fabulous.  Keep an eye out on our events page for your next go to, must do event.

Explore The Duke of Marlborough

Things To Do

The Bay of Islands has a wide range of things to do and sights to see. From the historical to the hair raising you won't be disappointed and The Duke is a great base to see all the Bay has to offer.

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Events in the Bay

It's not all beaches and sunsets here in the Bay of Islands - we are lucky enough to have many different events and festivals running throughout the year. Click here for further information.

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Eat & Drink

Located right on the waterfront in Russell with a menu showcasing the best of locally sourced seasonal produce and presenting a new take on the classic favourites.

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What our customers say

We are so glad we chose the Duke for our wedding day! All we really wanted was a waterfront ceremony, fantastic food and service, and to coordinate the day as easily as possible. The Duke absolutely delivered in all aspects and more! From our amazing wedding coordinator Ida, who was happy to answer as many emails as needed and officiated our wonderful ceremony, to Ellie the manager on the day who led impeccable service and was very approachable. The accommodation team were very prompt and friendly with emails and it was great to have so many guests staying close by on the day. The early check-in for the bride & groom the day before our big day was greatly appreciated with last minute planning and rehearsals up our sleeves! The food was seriously amazing and we had SO many comments about it, so thank you to the kitchen team! Thank you for the beautiful gift that was left for us on our wedding night, it was a wonderful surprise! I would absolutely recommend the Duke of Marlborough Hotel to any future couples looking for a wedding venue, fantastic value for money and great service all round. Thank you all so much, Amber & Braeden :)

- Amber & Braeden 9th February 2019,

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