Wines go down royally

00:48, Apr 14 2014
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The couple were greeted with a powhiri.
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And with a wave, day 7 of the tour kicks off.
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The couple arrive at the Anglican Cathedral St Paul's in the Octagon.
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HAERE MAI: The Duchess of Cambridge is welcomed to Dunedin with a hongi from Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint, 5.
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Heading into the church for the service.
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Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
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Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
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William and Kate are greeted at the church.
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Kate meeting her coaching team before kick-off.
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Getting a little sneaky advice from Richie McCaw.
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Getting ready for kick off - Wills looks a little apprehensive....still hurting over losing the sailing in Auckland perhaps m'lord?
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The Duke of Cambridge chats to the crowd after leaving a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
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Leaving St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, after a church service.
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Handing out the trophies to the ripper rugby players.
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Victory for the Prince's team!
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The duchess was wearing a New Zealand designer for the first time on the tour, with this dress from Emilia Wickstead.
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Kate mingles with the waiting crowds.
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Kate meets Brayden Marr from Cure Kids, while All Black Sevens Captain DJ Forbes stands guard.
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SCORE! William celebrates his win but Kate really doesn't look convinced.
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This rugby is very serious business.
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William kicks off the action.
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The Air Force plane comes in for landing as motorists pull over for a peek at the royals.
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Kate and William at the Amisfield Winery for a tour and a tasting.
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Learning about the local wines at Amisfield winery.
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The couple finally hit upon some sunshine, possibly the first they have seen in New Zealand.
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN? "#Kate had a sip at winery but has to said she put it down pretty quick. Reportedly not a big drinker though anyway," ITV reporter Georgina Brewer tweeted.
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All strapped in and ready to hit the river.
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...and they're off!
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WHAT WOULD THE QUEEN SAY? Wills and Kate holding on for their lives as the Shotover Jet does its thing.
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Is that a look of "thank god that's over" we see you on your faces?
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Getting whipped.
Prince William Duchess of Cambridge Shotover Jet
HOLD ON: The royal couple get ready for a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
Prince William Duchess of Cambridge Shotover Jet
HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
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HOLD ON: The royal couple enjoy a high-speed jet boat ride in Queenstown this afternoon.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a ride on the Shotover Jet this afternoon.
PICTURE PERFECT: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a ride on the Shotover Jet this afternoon.
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The duchess is presented with flowers by 5-year-old Maggie Langford.
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ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
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ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.
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ALL SMILES: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge jet boating on the Shotover River in Queenstown.

With speculation rife the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, the question at the back of everyone's minds at Amisfield Winery yesterday was - will she or won't she be sampling the wine?

And she did. "She wasn't holding back, that's for sure," Timbo Morrison-Deaker said.

Sarah Barnie, of Chard Farm, said: "She was joking about needing some Dutch courage for the jet-boat ride. She was enjoying herself."

Cheers: The duke and duchess sample an Amisfield wine yesterday.
CHEERS: The duke and duchess sample an Amisfield wine yesterday.

News reports yesterday in the United Kingdom and New Zealand were quoting Cynthia Read's conversation with Prince William about the fine lace shawl she made for Prince George. He reportedly told her: "You might have to make another one soon".

Many interpreted that to mean the the duchess was pregnant.

However, representatives of the Central Otago wineries where not convinced when they saw the couple indulging in the local tipple.

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The man behind it all, Central Otago Wine Association president James Dicey, hosted the royal couple and said things changed when the gathered media left the area.

"You could see them visibly relax. There was a lot of joking backwards and forwards."

They asked many questions about the region's pinot noir, and Prince William expressed a particular fondness for red wine.

"They spent quality time with everybody," he said.

Even 12-year-old Isobella Morrison enjoyed her moment as she shook hands with Kate and moved to present her with flowers.

"She was like 'Do you have flowers for William?' and I was like 'Oh yeah'. I didn't know what to say so I gave them to him. He said 'I never get flowers' and said he really liked them and they had a bit of a laugh."

Outside the winery and all over the Wakatipu Basin, thousands of people, many decked out in Union Jacks and tiaras, spent a sunny afternoon lining the road waiting for a glimpse of Kate and William as they drove into the winery and departed again.

Keen royal watcher Diane Todd, of Invercargill, drove to Queenstown with daughter Laura and friend Joy McConachie, of Lochiel. Having previously travelled to the UK for William and Kate's wedding she knew to arrive a couple of hours early, bring a seat and a picnic.

"And I'm embarrassing myself with my silly hat," she said of the tall Union Jack on top of her head.

She was also in the UK when Prince George was born and attempted to drive by Kate's family home with Laura to maybe see the newborn third in the line to the throne. "We got turned away by the police."

They managed to glimpse Prince William as the motorcade arrived and departed, Laura said.

"He was smiling and waving when they drove in."

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