Royal tour jets south

09:49, Apr 13 2014
Prince George's Plunket playdate
IT'S MINE! Prince George rocking a fine pair of overalls joins in the meeting and greeting with his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince William chats with the crowd at the Plunket event.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Getting down to the serious business of playtime with mum.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince George is making Kiwi friends already.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
The gaze of a future king.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Look at those cheeks, you just want to squeeze them don't you?
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Kate's cooing seems to be wasted on the young prince.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
NICE MUMMY: Aw bless, Prince George showing some love for his mother.
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Prince George plays with toys.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
...Or maybe he was just a little peckish?
Prince George
Prince George looks like he wants mummy.
Prince George
Prince George gets his hands on the goodies.
Prince George Plunket playdate
The duchess picks up a Mary Lou doll, tossed by the little prince.
Prince George and his mum
Getting down. Prince George and his mum, Kate Middleton, get into the groove.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Prince on the move!
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Making new friends means new toys, right G?
Prince George's Plunket playdate
Now that's a stuffed toy. Prince George gets his own Plunket NZ bear.
Prince William, Kate and George
A super cute moment involving a quick cuddle with mum.
Prince George's Plunket playdate
The little prince's Plunket book.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed no sign of butterflies as they arrived on the banks of Queenstown's Shotover River for a high-speed jet boat ride this afternoon.

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The couple were taken on a wild ride down the Otago river, soaring through spectacular canyons at speeds of up to 85kmh, in as little as 10cm of water.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives at Whenuapai Airbase to meet families.
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Prince William meets with RNZAF staff and their families this morning.
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Auckland mayor Len Brown waits for his chance to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive at Whenuapai Air Base in Auckland.
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The crowd was building at Auckland's Viaduct this morning as people sought to get a look at Wills and Kate.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William talks with a girl about her broken arm as he meets family of RNZAF staff.
Royal tour in Auckland
The Duchess of Cambridge meets RNZAF families at Whenuapai Air Base in Auckland.
Royal tour in Auckland
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Whenuapai Air Base on a mission - a yacht race on the Hauraki Gulf.
Prince Charles
Meanwhile, back in Britain, Wills' father Prince Charles was today hosting the Royal Society for Commonwealth High Commisioners at St James's Palace.
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A crowd of royal fans gathered at the exit of Whenuapai Air Base to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal tour in Auckland
People stake their claim kerbside outside Whenuapai Air Base.
Royal tour in Auckland
The royal couple head for Auckland's Viaduct Basin where they were due to race Team New Zealand yachts.
Royal tour in Auckland
Royal fans fly the flag outside Whenuapai Air Base.
Royal tour in Auckland
The royal motorcade leaves Whenuapai Air Base headed for central Auckland.
Royal tour of Auckland
Rain continued to fall on the royal tour this morning as the Duke and Duchess met with their Team New Zealand sailing crews.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William and wife Kate walk to a hangar at Whenuapai Air Base in Auckland after meeting mayor Len Brown and his wife Shan Inglis.
Royal tour in Auckland
There were Union Jacks galore in central Auckland as royal fans turned out to meet Wills and Kate.
Royal tour in Auckland
Crowds packed into Auckland's Wynyard Quarter to cheer on Wills and Kate as they arrived in a motorcade.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William accepts a gift from six-year-old Maia Hunt at Whenuapai Air Base in Auckland.
Royal tour in Auckland
The Imagine was a luxurious staging point for the royal race.
Royal tour in Auckland
Fans flocked to the waterfront to cheer on the royals.
Royal tour in Auckland
Not everyone's happy with the royal tour. This one protestor took to the skies to express his view.
Royal tour in Auckland
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker and boss Grant Dalton meet William and Kate on the luxury yacht Imagine.
Royal tour in Auckland
Earlier in the day the Duchess of Cambridge was greeted at Auckland's Viaduct Basin by cheering fans.
Royal tour of Auckland
Dean Barker offers the Duchess of Cambridge some sailing tips.
Royal tour in Auckland
Royal fans take a breather from the mayhem on Auckland's waterfront as Prince William and Kate arrive.
Royal tour in Auckland
Kate's crew appeared relaxed before the royal race in Auckland.
Royal tour in Auckland
With a race to win it was all hands on deck aboard Kate's yacht.
Royal tour in Auckland
The Duchess of Cambridge kept her cool at the helm.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William was eager to win.
Royal tour in Auckland
The race was on.
Royal tour in Auckland
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker gets that winning feeling as Kate steers his yacht to a win over husband Prince William.
Royal tour in Auckland
There was plenty of post-race banter between the boat crews with Dean Barker chuffed with the win and Kate hardly believing her luck.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William steers through some Waitemata Harbour chop.
Royal tour in Auckland
Kate celebrates her win over husband Prince William in their Team New Zealand yacht race on the Waitemata Harbour.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William reportedly claimed "sabotage" after losing 2-0 to Kate in the yacht race.
Royal tour in Auckland
After the race, Kate made an impromptu stop at Hobsonville Marina to meet some fans.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William also enjoyed meeting with royal fans at Hobsonville Marina.
Royal tour in Auckland
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a mini-Sealegs amphibious craft as a gift for their son George.
Royal tour in Auckland
They then climbed aboard a full size one for a trip up to Auckland's West Harbour.

Luckily, a glorious warm sun was beaming to counter the wind chill - the best weather of their New Zealand tour so far.

The duke and duchess were all smiles during their first 180 turn and the only screams to be heard were from the crowd of excited royal watchers. The boat then disappeared down the river toward the canyons before returning to the jetty for more spins.

The royal party burst into a round of applause after the ride, according to tweets from royal reporters.

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Royal tour heads south
The couple were greeted with a powhiri.
Royal tour heads south
And with a wave, day 7 of the tour kicks off.
Royal tour heads south
The couple arrive at the Anglican Cathedral St Paul's in the Octagon.
Royal tour heads south
HAERE MAI: The Duchess of Cambridge is welcomed to Dunedin with a hongi from Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint, 5.
Royal tour heads south
Heading into the church for the service.
Royal tour heads south
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Royal tour heads south
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Octagon to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Royal tour heads south
William and Kate are greeted at the church.
Royal tour heads south
Kate meeting her coaching team before kick-off.
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Getting a little sneaky advice from Richie McCaw.
Royal tour heads south
Getting ready for kick off - Wills looks a little apprehensive....still hurting over losing the sailing in Auckland perhaps m'lord?
Royal tour heads south
The Duke of Cambridge chats to the crowd after leaving a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin.
Royal tour heads south
Leaving St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, after a church service.
Royal tour heads south
Handing out the trophies to the ripper rugby players.
Royal tour heads south
Victory for the Prince's team!
Royal tour heads south
The duchess was wearing a New Zealand designer for the first time on the tour, with this dress from Emilia Wickstead.
Royal tour heads south
Kate mingles with the waiting crowds.
Royal tour heads south
Kate meets Brayden Marr from Cure Kids, while All Black Sevens Captain DJ Forbes stands guard.
Royal tour heads south
SCORE! William celebrates his win but Kate really doesn't look convinced.
Royal tour heads south
This rugby is very serious business.
Royal tour heads south
William kicks off the action.
Royal tour heads south
The Air Force plane comes in for landing as motorists pull over for a peek at the royals.
Royal tour heads south
Kate and William at the Amisfield Winery for a tour and a tasting.
Royal tour heads south
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.
Royal tour heads south
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.
Royal tour heads south
All strapped in and ready to hit the river.
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...and they're off!
Royal tour heads south
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?
Royal tour heads south
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.
Prince William Duchess of Cambridge Shotover Jet
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.

There was no sign of wobbly legs as the royal couple stepped off the jet boat, both of them sporting broad smiles. William's All Blacks cap was still in place.

After thanking their hosts for the ride, the couple spent time chatting with a group of Arrowtown School pupils waiting on the river bank. Local girl Maggie Langford, 5, had earlier given the duchess a posy of flowers.

The boys looked particularly pleased to speak at length with the duchess. "Bye guys," William called as they slipped back into their car.

What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, ARRIVAL: The Duchess of Cambridge wears a Catherine Walker coat (she was Princess Diana's favourite designer), a silver fern brooch and a Gina Foster hat. Prince George wears a cute cream cardi', white cotton shorts, possibly chilly legs and rocks the cutest cheeks ever.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, ARRIVAL: Wills' suit is certainly well tailored.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, ARRIVAL: Kate wears a silver fern brooch from 1953 on loan from The Queen - complemented by amazing engagement ring and cute baby.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY ONE, ARRIVAL: Wellington wind + hair issues + holding a baby + coming down steep stairs is a very tricky equation, and the Duchess was bound to have a 'Marilyn moment' (don't worry Kate, all us Wellington ladies have been there, and you dealt with it like the poised pro you are).
What Kate's Wearing
DAY THREE, PLAY DATE: The Rachel Riley dungarees that Prince George wore to his hang with Kiwi bubs. They retail for a whopping NZ$148 but are still sure to sell out from the online store in a matter of hours #royalobsession.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY THREE, PLAY DATE: The $750 Tory Burch dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge for her play date with Kiwi mums - a dress that allowed her to look glamorous and also crawl on the floor after her wee lad.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY THREE, PLAY DATE: Prince George found himself temporarily 'over' his Mary-Lou doll accessory, throwing it to the ground and leaving his mum to pick it up.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FOUR, BLENHEIM: The Duchess wore a slightly-custom peplum coat by Alexander McQueen - a perfectly-pitched outfit for a moving occasion.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FOUR, BLENHEIM: She utilised the classic trick of wrapping her own hair around her ponytail - see below for a how-to; and wore navy suede shoes.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FOUR, BLENHEIM: Kate's beautiful cornflower blue coat featured pleating at the back.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FOUR, WELLINGTON: The Duchess wore a bespoke fit and flare dress by Jenny Packham for the event at Government House.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FOUR, WELLINGTON: The dress featured a hand-crafted silver fern on the shoulder, the perfect nod to Kiwi culture.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FIVE, AUCKLAND: Kate's nautical look, the perfect outfit for a day out on a yacht with Kiwi legend Dean Barker.
Royal tour in Auckland
Prince William talks with a girl about her broken arm as he meets family of RNZAF staff.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FIVE, AUCKLAND: Action shot - Kate takes off her blazer and dons an NZ cap (will we all be wearing those now too?) for her moment at the helm.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY FIVE, AUCKLAND: We love our Ray Bans even more now ... if only we had such perfectly white gnashers.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SIX, WAIKATO: The Duchess wore a green zip-front coat by Canadian designer Erdem for her tour of the Waikato.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SIX, WAIKATO: Many commentators were disappointed with the look as it wasn't nipped in at the waist, but we like it as it's that bit different and, let's face it, that colour is amazing on her.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SEVEN, DUNEDIN: Kate looked lovely in her first New Zealand-designed frock of the tour - an aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SEVEN, DUNEDIN: The cut of the NZ-designed dress suits Kate's willowy figure down to the ground - we love the knife-pleated skirt.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SEVEN, DUNEDIN: The epitome of casual chic - Kate wore a white jumper, skinny jeans and casual flats during the junior ripper rugby match.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SEVEN, QUEENSTOWN: The Duke and Duchess sported classic, neutral outfits while they enjoyed some local wine in sunny (hoorah!) Queenstown.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY SEVEN, DUNEDIN: The Duchess shared a laugh with her hubby before hanging out with Richie McCaw on the sideline.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY EIGHT, CHRISTCHURCH: The Duchess wore a customised red suit by Italian label, Luisa Spangoli with black suede pumps - the perfect red and black outfit for a day in Canterbury.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY EIGHT, CHRISTCHURCH: The highlight of the beautiful outfit was the flattering peplum hem on the 100 per cent wool jacket, it just sits so nicely on Kate.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY 10, WELLINGTON: The look was chic and very appropriate for a visit to the Police College.
What Kate's Wearing
DAY 10, WELLINGTON: Kate wears a skirt-suit she wore back in April 2012 that was crafted by Wellington-born designer Rebecca Taylor. She accessorised with a super cute puppy.

The couple headed off to Queenstown to spend the night in the luxurious Matakauri Lodge overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

The steering wheel on the royal jet boat ride was entrusted to one of the operator's most experienced jet boat drivers.

Wayne Paton has more than 5000 hours of jet boat driving, Ngai Tahu Tourism southern general manager David Kennedy said.

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BYE-EEE: William and Kate wave to Dunedin as they board the plane and head to Queenstown.

The duke and duchess were seated in the second row of the 15-seater jet boat, flanked by young Ngai Tahu representatives, whom they greeted on the bank and posed with for a photo.

Tribe elders and youth, Kaumatua Sir Tipene O'Regan, chairman Sir Mark Soloman, Kensington Palace representatives and, of course, the couple's security, also had seats in the two-boat river convoy.

A TASTE OF CENTRAL

Thrilled crowds glimpsed a waving Kate and William earlier as they drove into Amisfield winery. Over 1000 people crowded the road and waved flags as the motorcade arrived.

The couple were there for a tour of the vineyard and a talk about Central Otago wine, before a short but exciting ride on the Shotover Jet.

But the big question on everyone's lips was whether or not Kate would sample the wares at Amisfield, after she was spotted sipping water at Government House earlier this week and William's broad hint about a possible addition to the family.

They were greeted by co-owner John Darby and Central Otago Wine Growers' president James Dicey.

Gibbston wine region founder Alan Brady gave William and Kate a brief overview of the area's wine history inside Amisfield, where more than 20 local winemakers were waiting to serve samples of the best local drops.

William and Kate landed in an Air Force plane at Queenstown airport at 2.15pm.

They were greeted by Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Vanessa van Uden before being whisked into a 12-vehicle motorcade to Amisfield.

The duchess left the plane in her third outfit for the day - skinny jeans, a checked shirt, wedges and a navy Zara blazer.

A small crowd gathered at the edge of the airfield to wave at the motorcade.

WILLS EVENS THE SCORES

Earlier, William bounced back from his 2-0 sailing defeat at the hands of his wife Catherine on Auckland's harbour last week with a victory on the rugby field.

During a ripper Rugby showdown in Dunedin, the duke's team Clutha bet Pirates 30-20, with Clutha seven-year-old Chase Te Moananui-Currie stealing the show with three tries, a this afternoon.

The rugby field at the Forsyth Barr stadium seemed to be more his natural environment as he shared tips with All Black Richie McCaw on the sidelines during the game.

It was another peek into the royal couple's relationship and their competitive streaks. The Southern audience seemed to be just as excited about the close rugby match as they were about catching a glimpse of the royal pair.

But at half time the royal couple huddled with their teams, made up of seven and eight-year-olds, and shared slices of oranges, a change from their normal gourmet menu.

The future All Blacks did not seem starstruck by their high powered coaches, more focused on winning the trophy than rubbing shoulders with their royal counterparts.

Kate looked elegant as always, stepping out on to the field in a Jonathan Saunders jumper. 

A MOMENT OF WORSHIP

This morning a crowd of thousands gathered outside St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin waiting to see the pair.

Running late for the Cathedral's Sunday service, the royals did not stop to chat to a 4000 strong crowd on their arrival in the Octagon.

Their Air Force plane touched down in the southern city about 9.30am.

Kate was wearing an aquamarine dress by New Zealand's Emilia Wickstead, the first time she has worn a Kiwi designer. The outfit was topped off with a Jane Taylor hat and a fern brooch.

The city prepared a royal welcome for the couple, including a civic powhiri led by Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and Otago runanga chairman Edward Ellison at the Dunedin International Airport.

After that they headed to a palm Sunday service at Anglican Cathedral St Paul's in the Octagon.

Prince William and his wife Catherine wanted to participate in Sunday worship while in the city, as they would at home or wherever in the world they were, Anglican Church communications advisor Reverend Jayson Rhodes said.

Reporting by Joelle Dally, Debbie Jamieson, John Edens, Louise Berwick, Kevin Norquay and Wilma McCorkindale

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