Royal tour of New Zealand in pictures

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and young son George charmed New Zealand during a nine-day tour down-under in April 2014.

From north to south, Kiwis turned out in force to welcome William and Kate, and especially little Prince George, as they travelled to some of New Zealand's most significant and picturesque places.

Jet boating, America’s Cup sailing, wine tasting and meeting the locals - and a few famous Kiwi faces - were all on the programme as Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George undertook their first official visit as a family.

The royal couple experienced three regions in the North Island and three regions in the South Island, giving plenty of opportunity for New Zealanders to see them during public appearances, as well as experiencing some quintessential tastes of New Zealand. There were also two private family days so the royal family could rest between engagements.

Here's a snapshot of their royal progress.

Day One: Wellington

Royals on tarmac Wellington

The royal trio - William, Kate and a bonny Prince George - arrive in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city; receive a traditional Māori welcome (powhiri) and inspect the Guard of Honour to launch the New Zealand tour.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city overlooking a spectacular harbour. It has a thriving café scene (a New Zealand flat white is a must-try) and has been lauded as the ‘Capital of Cool’ by Lonely Planet for its celebration of the arts, nightlife and quirky Cuba Street for shopping.

More information:
Wellington: New Zealand's creative capital
Pōwhiri - the Māori welcome

Day Two: Wellington

Prince George royal greeting Plunket Wellington

Prince William takes part in his first official engagement, with his royal parents - a Royal New Zealand Plunket Society parents' group at Government House.

Prince George receives a gift, smiles for the camera, plays with his new friends and seems to enjoy this relaxed 'royal playdate'. One in 10 New Zealanders are ‘Plunket babies’. 

More information:
Plunket New Zealand

Day Three: Marlborough

Sir Peter Jackson and the Duke and Duchess at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lay a wreath at the War Memorial in Blenheim. Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region and continues to win numerous international awards for its sauvignon blanc wine, some of which is proudly held in the Buckingham Palace wine cellar.

Sir Peter Jackson hosts the royal couple at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where his personal collection of planes and WWI memorabilia is on display.

More information:
Omaka Aviation Centre: A jewel in Blenheim's crown

Day Four: Auckland

Team Duchess heads out of Auckland Viaduct Auckland

The Duke and Duchess compete against each other racing two former America’s Cup boats hosted by Emirates Team New Zealand on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Auckland is known as the City of Sails and there were plenty of spectator boats bobbing in the harbour to witness the fun on the water.

They were then driven across the harbour in a Sealegs craft, a great New Zealand innovation as this amphibious boat can drive out of the water and on the road.

More information:
Auckland: Waterborne in the City of Sails

Day Five: Hamilton & Cambridge

Royals presented Lil Ripper bike Avantidrome Cambridge

The Duke spends the morning at Pacific Aerospace, a Hamilton-based aircraft manufacturer that got its start creating top dressing planes and has just signed a multi-million dollar deal to manufacture 10-seater P-750 aircraft for China, while the Duchess visits Rainbow Place at the Children’s Hospital.

Waikato, New Zealand's main dairy region, lies on the banks of the mighty Waikato River. It is the training ground for many of the country's Olympic athletes both on and off the water. In the afternoon, the royal couple officially open the new national velodrome - Avantidrome - at Cambridge and meet several of New Zealand's favourite athletes.

More information:
Cambridge: Putting cycling on the map

Day Six: Dunedin & Queenstown

Royals at Rippa Rugby Dunedin2

After an official welcome by the Ngai Tahu Māori iwi (tribe) in Dunedin, the Duke and Duchess watch young Kiwi kids playing Rippa Rugby at Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand’s only covered stadium.

In the afternoon the Duke and Duchess are hosted to a wine tasting at Amisfield Winery in Queenstown where several producers showcase their award-winning wines. Then there are jet boat thrills on the the Shotover Jet.

More information:
Rippa Rugby - ‘small blacks’ to All Blacks
Shotover Jet - riding New Zealand's red boats

Day Seven: Christchurch

The royal couple with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy Christchurch

The morning in Christchurch begins on a sombre note as Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects to the 185 people who died in the February 2011 earthquake.

In the afternoon, the royal couple bowl over the city with their batting skills at Latimer Square - a celebration of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup which will have its opening match in Christchurch. Local cricketing great Sir Richard Hadlee was there to meet them.

More information:
Cricket World Cup 2015

Image source: Simon Woolf/Tourism New Zealand