The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Celebrate your wedding at a New Zealand icon in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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. Located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell, The Duke is a truly majestic setting providing a stunning wedding destination for you and your guests.

The Duke’s grand ballroom 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 coordinator with experience in planning and delivering tailor-made, personalised weddings to guarantee a truly memorable day.


"Thank you so much for making our day so amazing. Your help through the whole day and before was so appreciated. You guys run a tight ship and we will be recommending you to anyone who might be getting married in the future." - TripAdvisor

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