Events in the Bay

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What’s On in the Bay of Islands

Explore Paihia Half Marathon

3, 2 June 2018

Fullers Greatsights Bay of Islands BEAST

7 July 2018

Russell Birdman Festival

Its wild, wacky and so much fun!! This year the festival is a 4 day event as we celebrate 11 years! Only here you are always welcome, together with play wheel of fortune you have no equal! This festival perfect for kids and families but we have some great BIG kid stuff as well such as the Drag Race, Corflute Boat building and racing (new for adults this year!), The Birdman Jump and more!


Bay of Islands Snorkel and Scuba Race

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Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

14, 13, 12 October 2018

“Bay of Islands Walking Weekend is a new walking weekend to the calendar and is based out of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands. Over two and half days there are 22 walks to choose from, all walks leave from Russell and for the more adventurous among us, take a trip on a boat out to some of our fabulous islands where some of the walks are based….   Need accommodation? The Duke team will look after you (we’re not promising foot rubs!) and provide the perfect spot to relax and refuel after a hard days walking…”


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Coastal Classic

19 October 2018

Stop waiting, join the game now with 10 euro bonus casino continuous luck and many victories await you! Grab yourself a warm jacket & binoculars then head for Flagstaff Hill to watch as the fleet race into the Bay. Division One is going to welcome, for the first time, Kia Kaha to the fleet. Kia Kaha is the TP52 formerly known as Valkyrie, Lexus and Bigamist, and sailed by Russell Coutts and some of the then young breed of Team New Zealand sailors in 2005.


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Russell Annual Flower Show

3 November 2018

Held in the town hall each year, a great way to spend the day. Stalls on the village green, kids having fun etc. This year we have a scarecrow competition for the kids. Bake your own cake or braed to enter in a competition too. Just stay out of the neighbour’s garden when getting your entry together!

Melbourne Cup at the Duke

6 November 2018

Book your tickets for the fabulous Melbourne Cup Gala Luncheon on the Duke’s deck. Filled with all the frivolity of fashions on the field, prizes for best hat, outfits, etc.  With full coverage of all the horse races, tab and our very own Russell Steeplechase stakes along the Strand.

Tickets are limited, call reception for details. 09 4037829

Rima Multisport Challenge

29, 28, 27 November 2018

Swim/Run/Kayak/Mountain bike/Run 101 . kmTime2Train will host the newest Multi-Sport event in the land with the 2nd annual Te Rima Multisport Challenge 101

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Fireworks on New Years Eve! Russell Waterfront

31 December 2018

Watch the fireworks from Russell Wharf and ring in the new year with a bang! The above water display is outstanding and seems to get better every year. There are few places in the world as friendly as Russell on the evening of 31st December! See you there.

Fishing Tournaments

So many fish – so little time. Russell and the Bay of Islands are hosts to a wide variety of fishing tournaments. From the Zane Grey one Base to the International Yellow tale there is one to suit all fisher-people.

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Things to do

Russell and the Bay of Islands offer many great activities and things to do during your stay.

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About Us

Find out more about who we are here at the Duke Motel.

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Centrally located, the motel is walking distance Russell’s village centre to access shops, cafes and restaurants or simply to enjoy the beach.

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