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 floorboards 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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