Royals to relax at Queenstown lodge
British media have inadvertently identified the luxury lodge where Prince William and wife Kate will spend a romantic night away from royal obligations and baby duties during their New Zealand tour next month.
The Daily Mail has published pictures on its website of the "luxury Kiwi hideaway" where William and Kate will stay for one night, "minus Prince George", during their nine-day tour.
The article said Kensington Palace declined to comment on the location of the couple's hotel for security reasons but it is clear, from the images and information supplied, that it is a five-star luxury resort in Queenstown that normally costs $12,000 a night.
However, the website reported that "fortunately for New Zealand taxpayers, who are footing much of the bill for the tour, the lodge has been secured for a massively discounted rate of only a few hundred pounds for the night".
The entire resort has been booked out for the stay, the website reported.
It said the couple would arrive at the lodge after a day of engagements - including a wine- tasting at the Amisfield vineyard and whitewater rafting on the Shotover River - before flying to Christchurch the next day.
That evening they will be reunited with George at Government House in Wellington.
A spokesman for the lodge, which Fairfax Media has chosen not to name, said nothing had been confirmed.
"It's all unsubstantiated at this time - any guests that we may or may not have in-house - but needless to say if something like that was to occur then security would be adequate."
Allen Walley, media manager for the 2014 Royal Visit Office, said media speculation on where the couple would stay was unhelpful because if it was wrong, "it inconveniences a lot of people".
The Daily Mail reported William and Kate were expected to stay in the owner's cottage, which has a private balcony for guests to admire the lake and mountain views from a jacuzzi.
The cottage has a spacious main lounge, study, kitchen and dining room, as well as four large bedrooms with walk-in closets and in-room bars. The lodge also has a luxury spa, infinity swimming pool, and sauna and fitness centre.
The couple arrive in New Zealand on April 7.
The Southland Times