MEDIA HUB: Royal visit New Zealand itinerary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their first official royal visit from Sunday, 28 October to Wednesday, 31 October.

Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their first official royal visit from Sunday, 28 October to Wednesday, 31 October.

The official itinerary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s New Zealand visit has now been released with full details of their four-day, four-region schedule. The royal couple arrive on 28 October and will spend time in Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland and Rotorua before heading home on 1 November. The New Zealand visit rounds off a 16-day tour that includes Australia, Fiji and Tonga and is the couple’s first to the Commonwealth countries since they were married in May. 

Sunday, 28 October

Wellington waterfront crowds

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, will be the first port of call for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touch down from Australia. After a welcome from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern they will drive to Government House for a traditional cultural welcome ceremony, followed by a visit to nearby Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and visit the newly unveiled UK War Memorial – a dramatic bronze tree sculpture created by Weta Workshop.

On Sunday evening the Royal couple attend a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Monday, 29 October

Abel Tasman National Park

Monday begins with The Duke and Duchess visiting one of Wellington’s most iconic cafes to meet young people involved in mental health projects before they fly across Cook Strait to Abel Tasman National Park in the Nelson region – famed for golden beaches and native bush walks. They’ll join a Department of Conservation park ranger for a trail walk to learn more about the history and environmental challenges of protecting the park’s habitat before a barbeque lunch followed by helping to plant trees with some of the park’s young ambassadors and local school children.

Then, it’s back to Wellington for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene held at Courtenay Creative which runs programmes to give young people the tools and experience to excel in the film industry. Wellington (sometimes referred to as ‘Wellywood’) is home to Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Worskhop, Weta Digital and his world-acclaimed Miramar film empire.

Tuesday, 30 October

Auckland waterfront in summer

On Tuesday Prince Harry and Ms Markel will travel to Auckland where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20-hectare conservation area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and join children from the 'Trees in Survival' group in a ‘welly-wanging’ or gumboot throwing contest. They then join the Prime Minister to visit the Pillars charity which mentors children who have a parent in prison before travelling to the city’s waterfront to meet the Auckland public in the Viaduct Harbour.

On Tuesday evening the royal couple attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum where they will be entertained by members of the Pasifika community. Guests will be mostly young people who’re making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities and representing the future of New Zealand.

Wednesday, 31 October

Rotorua - Ohinemutu Village

The Duke and Duchess will spend the final day of their tour in Rotorua, New Zealand’s oldest tourist destination. First stop will be Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and lunch in their honour before heading to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. The New Zealand national bird has become increasingly endangered and the royal couple will meet conservationists working to protect the species. They will also have the opportunity to name two young kiwi chicks.

Later that afternoon there will be a chance to meet the public during a city walkabout before they travel to Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua - a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. The forest is also the home to a thriving mountain biking community attracting people of all ages. The Duke and Duchess will learn more about the forest’s history as they take on the tree walk and will then meet invited representatives of the local biking community under the forest canopy.

The Duke and Duchess will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day.