Royal couple star for film maker
Sir Peter Jackson hoped the royal visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim would inspire others to visit.
Jackson acted as tour guide for Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, as they looked at the aircraft exhibits at the museum yesterday.
He enjoyed showing the couple around, who were very interested in the displays, Jackson said.
"If you're brought up with war stories, you tend to have a fascinated interest," he said.
"It was only ever a hobby of mine, it still is really, I have a day job, but we're trying to engage young people to get the imagination going.
"People who might not have had any idea about Omaka, hopefully it will inspire these people to visit," he said. "If it [the royal visit] helps to spread the word, that's great."
The New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust trustee Graham Orphan was also with the royal couple as they toured the museum.
It was an honour to lead the couple through the exhibits with Sir Peter Jackson, he said.
"To have Peter and myself do the tour, there's no better tour guide than the best storyteller in the world."
He said both William and Kate were "absolutely lovely people".
"They were so warm and open and genuine," he said.
They showed a lot of interest in the aircraft, especially William, who was interested as an aviator and pilot, he said.
The Avro Anson, a British twin-engined WWII plane, was a favourite of William's, he said.
There seemed to be a lot of banter between the couple, he said.
"They're not what I expected," he said.
"They're far more personable, accessible and relaxed.
"They're the nicest folks you'd ever meet."
- The Marlborough Express