Royals to spend 9 days in NZ

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be served some of Southland and Otago's finest produce when they briefly visit Queenstown next month.

Prince William and wife Catherine will arrive at Queenstown Airport at 2pm on April 13 before flying to Christchurch the following morning.

While on their southern whistlestop tour, the royals will visit the award-winning Amisfield Winery at Lake Hayes.

Amisfield head chef Jay Sherwood's signature menu, "Trust the Chef", will be tested when he is tasked with serving the ultimate fine dining experience.

Amisfield chief executive Craig Erasmus said the winery would work with the Central Otago Wine Growers' Association to develop an experience that showcased the region's excellence.

"We will be matching those foods that the region is renowned for with our pinot noir and aromatic wines," he said.

Destination Queenstown chief executive officer Graham Budd said the region offered sophisticated wine and food from local producers and he wanted the royals to be able to enjoy the best of that.

"I would like to see [the royals] served local lamb, venison, blue cod, Bluff oysters, cheeses, local fruit and vegetables," he said.

However, punters hoping to dine with the royals will be disappointed. Mr Erasmus said the winery's cellar and bistro would be kept exclusively for the prince and his wife.

Like most visitors, the pair will not escape the adventure capital without elevating their adrenaline.

Packed into the tight itinerary would be a ride on a Shotover Jet, which would give them a unique view of the alpine water ways.

Ngai Tahu Tourism southern regional manager David Kennedy said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would enjoy a trip in the latest technology V8-powered "Big Red".

"[The jetboats are] specifically designed to handle the world-famous river canyons and are capable of speeds up to 85kmh in as little as 10cm of water," he said.

Destination Queenstown officials said they did not know where locals could rub shoulders with the royals but were hoping to find out in the coming weeks.

"We don't know yet, but certainly hope there will be an opportunity for the public to see them comfortably and look forward ourselves to learning that," Mr Budd said.

The Southland Times