Weddings at The Duke

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.

Please call or email us for specific information for your wedding. You can view more images of the venue in our gallery.

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What our customers say

I can't say enough "thank you's" to you for your guidance, help and patience in the planning of Lauren & Toms wedding earlier this month. The wedding day was perfect in every respect from the start to the finish and many people commented what fabulous, well presented food they had at the reception. Even the weather came up trumps on the day as it was one of those beautiful hot sunny, windless days that we have in Northland, and everyone enjoyed the magnificent and stunning sun set from the deck of the Duke. Lauren lives in London so I had to do most of the planning on her behalf, however it was everything she wanted and with your assistance which was above and beyond what was expected, it made the organising so much easier. The Duke of Marlborough thoroughly deserves the reputation they have. Well done ! Once again the Duke did not disappoint us as this is the second wedding we have had there and both have exceeded our best expectations. Many thanks, Sallie

- Sallie Harnett for Lauren and Tom's wedding 11th February 2017,

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