Royals to visit Whenuapai

Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
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Prince William and his wife Catherine will be visiting the air force base at Whenuapai as part of the New Zealand leg of the upcoming royal tour.

The couple will visit the country's largest air force base on April 11.

They will meet base personnel and their families for an informal gathering.

Baby Prince George will join his parents for the nine-day stop in New Zealand which is part of a three-week tour down under, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit four South Island and four North Island centres.

They will be based at Government House in Wellington and mostly make day trips to various parts of the country, then return to be with Prince George in the evening, Prime Minister John Key says.

The tour marks the newest royal's first official overseas trip, which will start in New Zealand on April 7 and end in Australia on Anzac Day.

Prince George is not expected to accompany his parents on most public outings but aides expect he will make an appearance before the cameras at one or two events.

Prince George is about the same age as his father Prince William was when he travelled to New Zealand with his parents Charles and Diana in 1983.

Trip highlights include the royal couple racing each other in competing America's Cup yachts on the Waitemata Harbour and a ride on Queenstown's Shotover jetboat.

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