The royals are coming our way

PLAIN SAILING: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were ferried about on a full-sized version of George's new toy.
PLAIN SAILING: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were ferried about on a full-sized version of George's new toy.

Royal fever is building in the south, with thousands of people expected in Dunedin and Queenstown tomorrow to catch a glimpse of the future king and his bride.

The dashing royal couple, William and Kate, fly into Dunedin Airport at 9.30am before attending several engagements in the Edinburgh of the south.

They fly into Queenstown at 2pm and go to a winery and on a jetboat ride before relaxing in private in the evening.

While in Dunedin, they will attend a service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul at the Octagon, enjoy a public drive to Forsyth Barr Stadium and attend a kids rugby tournament at the stadium.

Queenstown Mayor Vanessa van Uden and husband Peter Laurenson will meet the royal couple at Queenstown Airport and enjoy wine and food with them at the Amisfield Winery from 2.15pm to 3.15pm.

Van Uden said she planned to tell the royal couple to enjoy Queenstown.

"It's a relaxation time for them, they get to have the night off and I hope they enjoy the peace and quiet and get to enjoy the wonderful place we call home."

There was a buzz in the resort town ahead of the impending royal visit, she said. "People are very excited, he's a future king . . . they are special people and it's great they are coming to Queenstown."

The royal visitors would be accompanied by British media, representing a wonderful opportunity to showcase Queenstown to the world, she said.

After the wine-tasting venture, William and Kate will go for a Shotover River jet boat ride between 3.30pm and 4.15pm.

The public will get two opportunities to catch a glimpse of William and Kate in Queenstown.

When driving to the Amisfield Winery they will pass the Lake Hayes Pavilion, where parking will be available and people can watch the royal motorcade pass by just before 2.15pm.

At 3.15pm they are scheduled to depart for Shotover Jet at Arthur's Point, driving via the Lake Hayes-Arrowtown Road.

The public viewing area is at Millbrook Corner, at the intersection of Lake Hayes and Malaghan roads, where the couple are scheduled to pass by at about 3.20pm.

After experiencing five days of wet and dreary conditions interspersed with spurts of sunshine in other parts of the country, Kate and William can expect sunshine in Queenstown tomorrow.

MetService forecaster Daniel Corbett said the temperature would reach 13 degrees Celsius in the resort town.

"There will be a coolish feel to the air. It will be lovely."

The sunshine would be a welcome change for the royals, who have "unfortunately stepped off the plane five days ago and stepped back into the UK spring, cloudy and raining", Corbett said.

William and Kate will fly from Queenstown to Christchurch on Monday morning.

The Southland Times