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

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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