Where to see Kate Middleton and Prince William

KATIE KENNY
Last updated 05:00 01/04/2014
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OUT AND ABOUT: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in New Zealand on April 7.

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If you want to get up close to their royal highnesses on their New Zealand tour this month, you'll need to make the most of limited opportunities.

Here's a guide to the best public viewing spots, and tips for royal fans with mobility issues.

WELLINGTON

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and wife Catherine, with baby Prince George, arrive at Wellington airport's military terminal at 11.30am on Monday, April 7.

The public can view the family travelling along the bays to Government House, near the Basin Reserve – but be warned, they're in a limo, not an open-top car.

A better option for Wellingtonians is to see the royals when they return at the end of their trip, on April 16. Then, they will drive along Willis St at 11.15am and take a public walk through Civic Square about 11.30am.

Disability access: Wheelchair users and people with limited mobility will be given priority viewing spots. Details have not been finalised, but the Wellington City Council said there would be room set aside for people with disabilities, as with previous tours.

MARLBOROUGH

On Thursday, April 10, the royal couple arrive at Woodbourne Royal New Zealand Air Force Base at 10.45am and will be delivered to Seymour Square in Blenheim.

At 11am there will be a public wreath-laying ceremony at Blenheim War Memorial and the Clock Tower. Afterwards, the couple will take a public walk through the square. At 1.15pm they will attend Flying Day – a free public event – at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with film-maker Sir Peter Jackson.

Disability access: Still to be advised.

AUCKLAND

After landing at Whenuapai air force base and meeting military types, the duke and duchess will be on public show in the central city, as they drive down Beaumont and Jellicoe streets to the Team New Zealand yachting base.

It will be just after noon on Friday, April 11, great timing for lunchgoers. For most, the Viaduct Basin area along Beaumont and Jellicoe streets and in Karanga Plaza will be best for royal spotting.

At 1pm, the couple will compete in match-race sailing on former Team New Zealand yachts for a couple of hours, so there might be distant peeks of their royal regatta. Let's hope there's no dramatic capsize.

Then it's across the Waitemata Harbour on the Sealegs amphibious craft from the dock near the Team New Zealand Base to Hobsonville Marina – you'll need a seaside home, or a boat to see this action.

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Disability access: Auckland Transport has created a "park and view" area for people with mobility issues. A disability pass will provide access to the car park on the corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe streets. Also in this area will be accessible port-a-loos. The rest of the route will be lined with water-filled barriers too high for those in wheelchairs to comfortably see over. Inner Link buses will drop passengers at Daldy St (by Fanshawe St), an existing bus stop; buses all have lowered floors to cater for people with mobility issues.

CAMBRIDGE

On Saturday, April 12, at 11.15am Prince William will visit aircraft manufacturer Pacific Aerospace near Mystery Creek – the public will be able to see him arrive and leave.

At 12.45pm the duke and duchess will take a public walk and drive through Cambridge, where they will be in full view one way or another – Waipa District Council has arranged for two large screens to be put up and the royals will be shown on them. One will be on the clock tower; the other on the Victoria St side of Victoria Square.

Disability access: Disability parking for 30 cars will be provided at Briscoes in Kirkwood St. Vehicles will need to display a mobility parking permit to gain entry. There will be limited seating for senior citizens on the town hall plaza, and also senior-only seating in Alpha St.

At 1.30pm, the duke and duchess will open the Avantidrome, a track cycling facility on the outskirts of Cambridge. The public will be able to see the couple arrive at 1.30pm then leave at 2.30pm. The event itself is tickets-only.

DUNEDIN AND CENTRAL OTAGO

It's off down south on April 13, landing at Dunedin Airport, and driving to the Octagon.

At 10am there will be a brief opportunity to see them arrive at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, then when they leave again at 11am. Churchgoers can snatch a look, if they're not too busy praying and singing.

Want to combine royals and rugby? Here's your chance – it's Regal Rippa Rugby Day at Forsyth Barr Stadium a free, tickets-only chance to see footy fan Will and Kate help coach teams of littlies, alongside New Zealand rugby royalty in Richie McCaw and Aaron Smith. Almost half the tickets had been sold by yesterday evening.

Disability access: Disability access to the stadium will be as normal, Dunedin Venues said. Gate J lifts will be available until the duke and duchess arrive. From then, people who require wheelchair access will be guided down to the service lift and directed to their seat. There are 40 wheelchair spaces in the Speight's Stand, each with an accompanying seat for a family member or friend.

At 2.10pm the royals travel to Queenstown's Shotover Jet via Amisfield Winery. At the winery, hang out at the park area just outside. Be at Millbrook Park about 3.20pm to watch the regal convoy go by.

CHRISTCHURCH

Latimer Square is the place to be in Christchurch on Monday, April 14, for an 11.30am public walk to the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown clock, where the royals will meet young cricketers (and perhaps a famous older one).

They will then open the Botanic Gardens Visitors' Centre, and there might be a brief glimpse or two as they arrive at Wigram's Air Force Museum.

Disability access: There will be limited mobility parking for the royal walk through Latimer Square. Mobility parks will be on the north side of Hereford St between Madras and Barbadoes streets – the best entrance being off Barbadoes St (the one-way south).


- Stuff

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