The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

The Perfect Bay of Islands Wedding Venue

Celebrate your wedding at a New Zealand icon in the beautiful Bay of Islands, near Paihia. The Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell offers a unique wedding destination where you can experience the historic charm of New Zealand’s first licensed hotel. The Duke is located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell and offers a majestic Northland wedding venue for you and your guests.

The Duke’s grand ball room with ornate ceilings, chandeliers and polished wooden floor boards opens up directly onto sun filled decks overlooking the sea. The function room is filled with individually upholstered chairs seating up to 140 guests comfortably. There is also a private dining room providing an intimate ambience for smaller weddings.

With award winning chefs and restaurant managers the Duke offers exquisite cuisine and exceptional service. We meet with the bride and groom and tailor the menu and wine list to ensure a memorable celebration for you and your guests. The Duke has an on-site wedding co-ordinator with experience in planning and delivering tailor made, personalised weddings to guarantee a truly memorable day.

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What our customers say

Dear Ida, Bridget and all the team at the Duke, We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our wedding at the Duke in December. You exceeded our expectations and all our guests have raved about the food, setting, accommodation and staff. We are so grateful for all the effort you put into our special day. Thank-you also for the gifts that were waiting for us in our room on our wedding night. We will be back at the Duke many more times!!

- Lucy & Andrew Neill 16th December 2017,

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