Bay of Islands Conference Venue

Create a memorable experience for your team, and hold your conference at a New Zealand Icon in the stunning Bay of Islands. For your sub-tropical get away
with the team, The Duke of Marlborough Hotel is the perfect spot.

A unique Bay of Islands Conference Venue where you can embrace the history and charm of New Zealand’s first licensed Hotel, enjoy the Bay of Islands & surrounding activities; all while working on your business away from home.

The Duke has dedicated on-site conference managers to help throughout the planning, and delivery of your conference with us. From Food & Drinks, to Accommodation & Planning our team will be on hand to help. The Duke offers exquisite cuisine and exceptional service with a menu that show cases locally sourced seasonal produce. Being New Zealand’s first licensed Hotel the bar has an extensive wine list offering over 100 different wines and has a wide selection of craft beer.

The Duke can provide the total experience, with 38 rooms, we have space to host you, and your team. There are different levels of accommodation ranging
from stunning Waterfront Rooms with balconies, and views across the picturesque harbor, to Superior Rooms with an internal sundeck, and our convenient
Classic Rooms. On site facilities include a gymnasium, tennis courts and the ocean on its doorstep. Don’t worry, even with large groups coming to stay, we offer a centralised booking system and work with other accommodation places around town. All accommodation is within walking distance of The Duke.

Located on the waterfront in the heart of historic Russell, The Duke is a truly majestic setting with excellent conference facilities, an exceptional food & beverage offering, and an abundance of activities on its doorstep for your conference to enjoy while in the Bay of Islands.

Why not take a look at what we have to offer for Conferences Over 30 Delegates, and Conferences Up To 30 Delegates! Our Functions Team are on hand to assist you with all your conference inquiries - [email protected]

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the ANZOR Conference, for 70 delegates, over four days.

'Accommodation – Exceptional. Our group was a large booking and the Duke were able to accommodate a large number of us. The rest of the group were split between 3 other accommodation venues in Russell all within walking distance of each other. The Duke staff managed all 4 of these venues as 1 booking for us which meant I only had to liaise with one person about all accommodation needs.'

'Service – Exceptional. No other word for it. The communication around organisation, changes to plans and options was exceptional. All staff, from owners, event managers, accommodation, reception & restaurant staff, were friendly and accommodating to our specific needs during our conference.'

To find out more about  Northland Conferences, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 021 198 5340, or send an email! 

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What our customers say

We are so glad that we chose the Duke as our wedding venue. They absolutely exceeded our expectations. The Duke itself is a stunning venue, located at the waterfront of dazzling Russell. The functions staff was incredibly helpful, had attention to detail and accommodated all wishes we had. On the day everything was well organized and worked out fantastically! Our guests were stoked by the food - that was the best cured fish many of us had eaten. The indoors and outdoors set-up was fantastic. The staff was flexible, accommodating, kind and responsive. We loved the small, neat touches that made us feel like we were part of the Duke's tribe. We would absolutely choose the Duke again and will be glad to return. Thank you!

- Magdelena & Richard, Thursday 8th Feburary 2024,

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