Hāere Ra as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave New Zealand

Hāere Ra - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex farewell New Zealand after their four-day visit.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have bid “hāere ra” to New Zealand with a parting shot telling locals to “enjoy this heaven”. 

The Duke and Duchess finished their New Zealand visit walking hand in hand down an avenue of giant redwood trees in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa forest having left their mark on the places they travelled and the people they met. 

Conservation was a key theme to the visit and in a whirlwind 90-plus hours, the couple visited four regions – Wellington, Nelson Tasman, Auckland and Rotorua – attended 18 engagements, met countless Kiwi people (and New Zealand’s newest kiwi chick), walked ancient paths, “chilled out”  in a national park, wandered on golden sands and immersed themselves in the Māori culture. 

It seems like the New Zealand experience had such an impact on the royal couple that Prince Harry was inspired to post his first-ever Instagram story @KensingtonRoyal.

Redwoods Walk Portrait

ROTORUA: A relaxed walk through giant redwood trees in Rotorua capped the New Zealand leg of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s four-day visit to New Zealand. The royal couple remarked on the beauty of New Zealand and showed their passion for conservation of the environment. 

Welcome in Govt House

WELLINGTON: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were given a warm welcome to New Zealand receiving the traditional Māori hongi greeting during an official ceremony at Government House in Wellington. The hongi was the first of many as the couple were embraced by the local culture throughout their four-day visit.

Harry & Meghan at Maranui Cafe

WELLINGTON: Maranui Café, a popular beachside café in Lyall Bay, Wellington, was the relaxed venue for a royal chat with young people involved in mental health projects. Despite the lure of the famed local coffee and fresh baking, the Duke and Duchess focused on the “serious conversations” around mental health and the need for open discussion.

Beach Walk AT

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK: A quiet walk on the beach at Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National Park was a golden moment in what locals hoped would be a “chilled out” day for the Duke and Duchess. The national park is at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and a popular spot for camping, kayaking and hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Walk.

Bush Walk AT

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK: The Duke and Duchess leaving Abel Tasman National Park after a private visit that highlighted the extensive efforts to protect the park’s native trees and wildlife – work that was not lost on the couple. Andrew Lamason, the Department of Conservation ranger who guided the couple was impressed by their genuine passion and depth of knowledge of environmental issues.   

H&M at Courtenay Creative

WELLINGTON: The Duke and Duchess surrounded by vibrant costumes and young talent at Wellington’s Courtenay Creative – a hub for creatives wanting to develop skills for a career in Wellington’s thriving film industry.

Viaduct Walk AKL

AUCKLAND: Thousands of fans crowded Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess during a public walkabout. The couple stayed in the ‘City of Sails’ and were hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a special reception involving Auckland’s Pacific Island community. 

Harry meets the crowd Viaduct Walk AKL

AUCKLAND: Thousands of fans crowded Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess during a public walkabout. The couple stayed in the ‘City of Sails’ and were hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a special reception involving Auckland’s Pacific Island community. 

Meghan and her korowai Rotorua

ROTORUA: Gifted to her by the people of Te Arawa tribe, the Duchess of Sussex wears the magnificent handwoven and richly adorned korowai (traditional Maori cloak) symbolic of power and protection, along with a gorgeous pounamu (New Zealand jade) pendant. Prince Harry said these gifts would be treasured in his family.

H&M walk with korowai and the crowd

ROTORUA: There are some moments that can only ever happen in New Zealand, and Rotorua’s royal welcome, on the final day of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was one of those experiences.
At Te Papaiouru marae, the people of Te Arawa tribe gathered on their ancestral meeting place bringing culture, beauty, and history together in an emotional and powerful expression of their respect and welcome.

Rainbow Springs kiwis

ROTORUA: A precious newborn kiwi chick was admired by expectant parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they visited the Rainbow Springs National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua. The royal couple had the honour of naming two tiny kiwis as Koha (gift) and Tihei (sneeze of life).

Rotorua public walkabout

ROTORUA: Everywhere the Duke and Duchess appeared for public walkabouts - Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua - crowds of well wishers gathered to give the vistors a right royal Kiwi welcome. In Rotorua's Government Gardens, the Duchess of Sussex stopped often to chat to small children, parents and grandparents.

H&M Redwoods Tree Walk

ROTORUA: Climbing high on an iconic New Zealand tourism experience, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ended their successful visit to New Zealand by walking through the treetops on the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua – a popular eco-tourism attraction. This series of walkways and suspension bridges spans the canopy of 117-year-old Californian Redwoods giving a birds-eye view of the famed Whakarewarewa Forest.

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