The Royal Tour of New Zealand
We’ll have a number of chances to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit that starts in Wellington on Monday 7.
The Department of Internal Affairs has released a list of engagements the couple will be taking part in, including maps of where the best vantage points will be for us to see them!
Monday April 7 in Wellington
Their Royal Highnesses will be arriving at the Military Terminal, Wellington Airport. The best vantage point for the public would be to line the footpath around the bays as that will be the route the Royal Couple drive to Government House.
Tuesday April 8 and Wednesday April 9: No public engagements.
Thursday April 10 in Blenheim
10.45am: The Duke and Duchess will drive from Woodbourne Royal New Zealand Air Force Base to Seymour Square in Blenheim.
11am: Public wreath laying ceremony at Blenheim War Memorial and Clock Tower in Seymour Square.
11.30am: Public walk through Seymour Square. (map here)
1.15pm: Flying Day at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson. This is a free event the public can attend.
Friday April 11 in Auckland
12.15pm: Public drive down Beaumont St and Jellicoe Stto Emirates Team New Zealand Base. (map here)
1pm: The public can watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge compete inmatch race sailing on former Team New Zealand yachts. The best times to see the yachts are at the beginning and end of this event, which runs from 1-3pm. (map here)
3pm: The Royal Couple will travel across the harbour on the Sealegs craft from the dock near the Emirates Team New Zealand Base to Hobsonville Marina.
Saturday April 12 in Hamilton and Cambridge
11.15am: The Duke will be visiting Pacific Aerospace. The public will be able to see the Duke arrive at 11.15am, and then leave at 12.25pm.
12.45pm: Public walk and drive in Cambridge. (map here)
1.30pm: The Duke and Duchess will be opening Avantidrome in Hamilton. The public will be able to see the couple arrive at 1.30pm, and then leave at 2.30pm.
Sunday April 13 in Dunedin and Queenstown
9.30am: The public can welcome the Duke and Duchess as they arrive in Dunedin Airport and are met by the Mayor Dave Cull and Ngai Tahu representatives. The couple will then drive to the Octagon.
10.30am: There will be a brief chance to see the Royal Couple as they arrive at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, and when they leave at 11am.
11.45am: Book your free ticket to attend the Regal Rippa Rugby Day at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Duke and Duchess will each be a part of the coaching teams for the finals alongside New Zealand rugby talent like Ritchie McCaw and Aaron Smith.
2.10pm: The best vantage point to see the Duke and Duchess in Queenstown will be in the park area just outside of Amisfield Winery (on the lake side), and in Millbrook Park on the corner of McDonnell Rd and Malaghans Rd on the way to the Shotover Jet around 3.20pm. (map here)
Monday April 14 in Christchurch
10.35am: Official welcome to Christchurch outside the Christchurch City Council building.
11.30am: Public walk through Latimer Square to ICC Cricket World Cup countdown clock, where they will meet with young cricketers. (map here)
12.30pm: The Royal Couple will then officially open the new Christchurch Visitors’ Centre at the Botanic Gardens.
1.15pm: Brief opportunity to see the Duke and Duchess as they arrive at the Air Force Museum in Wigram to attend a Future Focus lunch and pay their respects at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Memorial Wall.
Tuesday April 15: No public engagements.
Wednesday April 16 in Wellington and depart for Sydney
10am: Opportunity to see the Royal Couple as they arrive at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua, and when they leave at 11am.
11.15am: Public drive along Willis Street.
11.25am: Public walk through Civic Square. (map here)
12pm: The public’s last chance to see the Duke and Duchess in New Zealand will be as they drive around the bays to Wellington Airport.