The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are due to arrive in New Zealand from Australia tonight.
They will be welcomed by Prime Minister John Key and local iwi at Auckland's RNZAF base about 9.30pm, at the start of a six-day nationwide tour.
Although there are limited opportunities for public glimpses of the couple, Wellingtonians will get the chance to see them when they walk along the waterfront on Wednesday.
Monarchy New Zealand chairman Sean Palmer encouraged New Zealanders to grab the opportunity to meet them. Of all the Commonwealth countries, Prince Charles probably had the most in common with New Zealand values and interests, including conservation and environmentalism.
"He is very likely to be a very clean, green king one day," Mr Palmer said. "He has a lot of similar interests to what is in the New Zealand identity. With Camilla and Charles here, the world's media is going to follow them around and put all of these things out in the media for free."
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said it was a chance for the capital to showcase its beauty to a significant international audience.
"A walk along the waterfront shows off the city's attractiveness, the beautiful harbour, our public art and architecture and the diversity of our people."
Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said every effort would be put into making sure the waterfront looked "spick and span" for the royal walk. The area was perfect for providing good vantage points for large crowds.
Prince Charles last visited New Zealand in 2005. It is understood the duchess has not been to New Zealand before.
AUCKLAND: Arrive at RNZAF base tonight. Tomorrow's visit includes crossing the harbour on an amphibious powerboat, a public walk down Lower Queen St towards Queens Wharf, and a reception and dinner at the SkyCity Convention Centre to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.
MANAWATU: Visit includes attending the Farmers' Market in Manchester Square, Feilding, on Thursday.
CHRISTCHURCH: Visit includes meeting privately with about 20 people seriously injured in the February 2011 earthquake, visiting earthquake-damaged parts of the city, and attending the 150th Canterbury A&P Show on Friday. They leave from Christchurch Airport on Friday night.
An official welcome ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, followed by a royal salute, artillery salute and flypast.
Prince Charles will be presented with the New Zealand Armed Forces Award recognising his service as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Air Force since 1977.
Official opening of New Zealand's diamond jubilee gift to the Queen, a new visitor centre at Government House. Walk along the waterfront, accompanied by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and deputy Ian McKinnon, stopping at venues that showcase New Zealand art, culture and history. Prince Charles visits Weta Workshop.
Meanwhile, the duchess attends a reception celebrating the work of women in the community, at Government House.
Prince Charles meets Labour leader David Shearer, followed by Prime Minister John Key.
There's a 64th birthday celebration for the prince, along with 64 other selected Kiwis who share a birthday on Wednesday.
On Thursday, he will meet families of fallen Defence Force members, before leaving for Feilding.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Pals and playmates (pictures)
Reacting to a sudden cancellation
New Zealand's best deck built yesterday
Appreciating Tony Allen
The meaning of blogging