Royal Visit and Tour Schedule - April 2014
Prince William and Kate Middleton will cover the length of New Zealand in just 9 days on this year's official tour. Your best chance of seeing them in person? Well, read this feature, naturally!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit New Zealand this month as part of a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand and Australia. With just 9 days in New Zealand, William and Kate have an action-packed trip planned as well as some official engagements up and down the country. The tour will also represent baby Prince George's first official royal engagement.
The Royal tour was designed to be as accessible as possible so that New Zealanders can get a glimpse of the Royal couple. The best place to view the official schedule is on The Governor-General's website (https://gg.govt.nz
but here's a rundown in brief of their New Zealand (public) appearances:
Thursday 10 April - Blenheim
10.45am: The Duke and Duchess will drive from Woodbourne Royal New Zealand Air Force Base to Seymour Square in Blenheim.
11am (best opportunities): Public wreath laying ceremony at Blenheim War Memorial and Clock Tower in Seymour Square.
11.30am (best opportunities): Public walk through Seymour Square.
1.15pm (best opportunities): Flying Day at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with Sir Peter Jackson. This is a free event the public can attend.
The State Reception at Government House will take place tonight.
Friday 11 April - Auckland
12.15pm (best opportunities): Public drive down Beaumont St and Jellicoe St to Emirates Team New Zealand Base.
1pm (best opportunities): The public can watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge compete in match 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.
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 12 April 2014: 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 (best opportunity): Public walk and drive in Cambridge.
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 13 April 2014: 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.
10am: 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 (best opportunities): 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 (best opportunities): 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-Malaghans Rd on the way to the Shotover Jet around 3.20pm.
Monday 14 April 2014: Christchurch
10.35am: Official welcome to Christchurch outside the Christchurch City Council building.
11.30am (best opportunity): Public walk through Latimer Square to ICC Cricket World Cup countdown clock, where they will meet with young cricketers.
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.
Wednesday 16 April 2014: Wellington and depart for Sydney, Australia
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 (best opportunities): Public drive along Willis Street.
11.25am (best opportunities): Public walk through Civic Square.
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.