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New Zealand eagerly awaits Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George's arrival

April 6, 2014
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With Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George due to arrive in New Zealand on Monday morning, local time, excitement in their first port of call, Wellington, has reached fever pitch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to touch down in the country's capital at around midday, beginning a ten-day visit to the Antipodean country before journeying on to Australia.

As was the case with Prince William's first visit Down Under, royal fans will be hoping to catch a glimpse of eight-month-old George as he disembarks the plane with his parents and his new Spanish nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. 

Pictured: the Duke and Duchess arriving in Calgary

In the run up to the trip, 32-year-old Kate was seen buying last minute outfits for George, while her own stylists from Kensington Palace are said to have visited numerous high-profile New Zealand designers to add to the Duchess's wardrobe.

Having arrived at Wellington Airport, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will mark the start of their tour by attending a Ceremonial Welcome, including a Maori Powhirim which features speeches, dancing and singing, before taking Tuesday off to help them acclimatise.

The couple on tour in the United States

On Wednesday William and Kate will attend an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House before journeying across the Cook Strait to Blenheim on Thursday for a wreath-laying ceremony and Commemoration in the picturesque Seymour Square.

The royal couple will head back up north on Friday, to meet with serving Air Force personnel in Auckland before boarding an Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup yacht to sail around the city's famous harbour. Later in the evening they will take a boat trip across Auckland in a Sealegs Amphibious Marine craft.

William and Kate during their Diamond Jubilee tour of South East Asia

William and Kate will undertake separate engagements in Waikato on Saturday, before reuniting in the evening to view the War Memorial and visit Avantidrome, where they will open the velodrome, start several races and meet Olympic athletes.

On Sunday, in the South Island city of Dunedin, the royal couple are to be greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu iwi, attend a church service and then participate in a Rippa Rugby tournament in the evening. To round off the day, they will take New Zealand's world famous jet boat ride along the Shotover River.

During their time in the Solomon Islands

On Monday William and Kate will head to the city of Christchurch where they will remember the 185 people who died in the city's 2011 earthquake and, later, watch and participate in a 2015 Cricket World Cup event.

Once again Tuesday will be free of engagements for the Duke and Duchess to spend some quality time with Prince George as they round off the New Zealand leg of their tour and prepare to arrive in Sydney.

Click here to see what William and Kate will be doing in Australia

The itinerary in full:New Zealand

  • Monday 7 April – Wellington – arrival at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Tuesday 8 April – day to recover from 25-hour flight at a private residence.
  • Wednesday 9 April – Wellington – mother and babies meeting with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.
  • Thursday 10 April – Blenheim – war memorial service; exhibition of World War One aircraft.
  • Friday 11 April – Auckland – meet base personnel at Whenuapai air force base; yacht races with the Duke and Duchess on separate yachts.
  • Saturday 12 April – Waikato – Duke to visit Pacific Aerospace while the Duchess visits a children's hospice; visit to a war memorial; visit to the national velodrome.
  • Sunday 13th April – Dunedin and Queenstown – two-day trip including Palm Sunday service; watch Rippa Rugby festival; wine tasting; experience white water ride through canyons.
  • Monday 14 April – Christchurch – visit city and see plans for future rebuilding.Tuesday 15 April – free day for the family.
  • Wednesday 16 April – Wellington – visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College.


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  • Wednesday 16 April – Sydney – reception at Sydney Opera House.
  • Thursday 17 April – Blue Mountains – visit to fire-damaged areas and meeting with community leaders.
  • Friday 18 April – Sydney – Royal Easter Show; children's hospice and surf life-saving display.
  • Saturday 19 April – Brisbane – Duke to visit RAAF Amberley; Brisbane Reception.
  • Sunday 20 April – Sydney – Easter Sunday church service; visit to Taronga Zoo.
  • Monday 21 April – day off for the family.Tuesday 22 April – Uluru (Ayer's Rock) – visit to National Indigenous Training Academy and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, afternoon tea and tour.
  • Wednesday 23 April – Adelaide – tour of Northern Sound System and Adelaide reception.
  • Thursday 24 April – Canberra – National Portrait Gallery; Prime Minister's reception at Government House; tree-planting at the National Arboretum and Governor General's reception.
  • Friday 25 April – Canberra – ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service at the Australian War Memorial.

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