Celebrate your wedding with us at The Duke

Located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell, The Duke is a truly majestic setting providing a stunning wedding destination where you can have your ceremony, reception, and accommodation all in one place.


The important stuff.

Ball Room

The Duke of Marlborough’s grand ball room with ornate ceilings, low hanging chandeliers and polished wooden floor boards opens up directly onto sun filled decks overlooking the sea. The ball room is filled with individually upholstered chairs seating up to 140 guests comfortably.


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. We'll take care of the details in the lead up to and on your wedding day providing support so you can relax and enjoy your day without having to worry about the finer details.


Featured in Cuisine Magazine's Top 100. We offer exquisite cuisine and exceptional service. We'll meet with you and tailor the menu to ensure a memorable celebration for you and your guests.


The large deck attached to the ballroom overlooking the sea is the perfect location for your wedding ceremony. There is also a stunning garden area alongside the ballroom which is the perfect place for ceremonies under the historic 150 year old fig tree.


The Duke can provide the total wedding experience with 38 rooms catering for your guests and a bridal suite. There are different levels of accommodation with stunning waterfront rooms with balconies and views across the picturesque harbour, superior rooms with an internal sundeck and our convenient standard rooms.


Being New Zealand’s first licensed hotel we pride ourselves in having an extensive wine list offering 100 different wines. We offer a range from New Zealand’s finest wines and boutique beers.

Ball Room

The fee to have exclusive use of the Duke of Marlborough ball room throughout the year is:

The fee to hire the Duke of Marlborough's ball room includes:

(Please note due to noise restrictions bands / Djs need to finish at 12am and the liquor license is until 1am)

We require a minimum spend throughout the year as we are closing our restaurant to provide space for a wedding. More info on this can be found in our Wedding pack.


We do require that a minimum of twelve rooms in accommodation above the ball room are booked as we cannot sell these to the general public due to noise levels. We have found with our weddings to date that this has not been a problem as most guests have stayed with us and easily filled the rooms.

We are also pleased to offer a special wedding accommodation discount to you and your guests of 10% off your stay.

The room types and rates that are required to be booked when you have a wedding with us are listed below:

Room Type
May 1st to August 31st
Dec 20th to Mar 31st
Shoulder Season
Apr & Sept 1st to Dec 19th
Waterfront Room x 3
Waterview Room x 1
Superior Room with balcony x 1
Classic Room with balcony x 4
Classic Room x 2
Small Room x 1
Please note these prices are a guide and are subject to change. There are currently 38 rooms available to book for accommodation at the hotel for your wedding.
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Where you wish you were.

Perched right on the stunning Russell Waterfront, in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

The Duke of Marlborough is a truly majestic setting providing a stunning wedding destination for you and your guests.

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