The Royal Tour Of New Zealand

With New Zealand set to host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – accompanied baby Prince George on his first official overseas tour, this vibrant and unique country is ready for a touch of royal fever.

With scenic mountain ranges, forested valleys, and dormant volcanoes – we take a closer look at the destinations on the royal itinerary, that will take them to New Zealand’s most iconic places. 

Wellington

Wellington

Our royal couple will arrive in the New Zealand capital on April 7th to a ceremonial welcome (Māori ‘pōwhiri’). Situated at the end of North Island on a natural harbour, its home to some grand museums with the biggest being Te Papa Tongarewa. The Cook Straight is home to some excellent cafes, restaurants and bars.

Wellington has a very established film industry, with some calling it ‘Wellywood’ because of Sir Peter Jackson’s production facility, on the Miramar Peninsula – famous for its association to the Lord Of The Rings movie.

Wellington will see the royals use it as a primary base for day trips, to other parts of New Zealand. Whilst in Wellington they will unveil a portrait of the queen, and visit a police training college, before they head to Australia.

Blenheim

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Next up on the royal tour is Blenheim – the visit here is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, with a wreath-laying at the town’s war memorial.

Blenheim sits directly opposite Wellington on the other side of the Cook Strait. Perched in the corner of South Island it’s the largest town in the Marlborough area. Over the years it’s become the heartland of a thriving wine industry.

Blenheim is full of wonderful scenic beauty that’s alive with bird and marine life. You’ll find a stunning maze of sea-sunk valleys. We recommend guided walks, mountain biking and kayaking to really get a feel of the Blenheim.

Auckland

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New Zealand’s cosmopolitan city is it’s largest, and home to most of the major sporting events. With cafes and restaurants next to its famous harbour, you can sit and enjoy views of Rangitoto Island whilst enjoying some culinary delights.

One of Auckland’s major attractions is the nerve shattering Sky Tower – Famously Beyonce has leaped off it and at a whopping 328 meters (tallest in the Southern Hemisphere) the controlled decent is not for the faint hearted.

Another great activity is the ferry ride to nearby Waiheke – The island has stylish home and beautiful vineyards and is commonly known as the ‘Hamptons of New Zealand’.

Hamilton

Glowworm

Around eighty miles south of Auckland, the city of Hamilton lies directly by the Waikato River. The city gives way to limestone caves, sweeping plans and is regarded as a New Zealand classic.

One of the biggest pulls to Hamilton is the Waitomo Caves – This visually beautiful cave is lit by glow-worms and one of the most unique sights on the planet. For the less nervous traveller you can black-water raft through this underground realm.

Between Hamilton and Auckland you’ll find Matamata, where movie lovers can explore the set version of Hobbiton. This has been purposely built, for the recent film creation of JRR Tolkein’s most accessible work. Tread the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins, or have a beverage in the famous Green Dragon Inn.

Dunedin

Dunedin

In the south-east coast of South Island, you’ll find a place with proud Scottish heritage. Dunedin is home to an array of stunning seabird colonies and offers the perfect opportunity for some wildlife spotting. Dunedin is known to have penguins, seals, sea lions and even a royal albatross.

The Duke and Duchess will arrive to a traditional Maori tribal welcome and visit the historic Dunedin Cathedral. They will also participate in the Rippa Rugby festival, a non-contact version of New Zealand’s best loved sport.

Queenstown

Queenstown

Oueenstown is one of the most spectacular parts of New Zealand, and nestled perfectly on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. AJ Hackett Bungy famously pioneered bungee jumping in Queenstown, and being the bungee birthplace the opportunities to take a leap are plentiful.

Staying on the adrenaline theme, our touring royals will be enjoying a high-speed ride in a ‘Shootover Jet’, travelling over white water and through ravines. Slowing down the pace a little, they will then embark on a trip to the Amisfield winery, where they will try fruit of the vine from the Central Otago region.

A ‘thing of legend’ amongst locals in Queenstown is Fergburger – a celebrated institution which proffers all manner of meats in bread – This is a must-do when heading to Queenstown.

Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch sits on the east coast of and is the gateway to the Canterbury region. Known for its architectural elegance, the city was badly damaged by the earthquake of 2011, but has now made exceptional progress on its road to recovery.

This is the last stop on the royal agenda before they head back to Wellington, and they will take in a celebratory event in Hagley Park to coincide with next year’s Cricket World Cup.

A bucket load of tours are available and its well worth trying one to discover Christchurch properly. Brits will feel right at home with red London bus tours. Rated as one of the top cycling destinations in the world, you can tackle the Alps to the Ocean, which starts 190 metres from Mount Cook to the coastal town of Omaru.

New Zealand Tours

Taupo

A 12 day New Zealand Discoverer tour takes you to Auckland, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo and Fiordland – Find yourself immersed in the same steps as our famous royals.

Highlights Include: Flights, transfers, breakfast, dinner on four nights, Waitomo Glow-worm caves tour, Maori Hangi-style feast with traditional song and dance, cruise across Cook Strait, Larnarch Castle at Dunedin, Church of Good Hope at Lake Taupo and Milford Sounds Cruise. From £2549 Per Person

With so much diversity and scenic beauty, New Zealand is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. New Zealand has lots hidden gems waiting to be explored, so if you’re thinking about heading to ‘down under’ then we recommend giving this breath-taking place a thought.

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