31 October 2018
Highlights from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Rotorua
Today all eyes were on Rotorua as we warmly welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to our beautiful city.
While only here for a day, the royal couple experienced some of the best our city has to offer.
The Duke and Duchess visited Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon. They then headed over to Rainbow Springs to learn about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Their Royal Highnesses met conservationists working to protect our iconic endangered species. The royals were then invited to announce the names of two kiwi chicks - Koha and Tihei.
Later in the afternoon the Duke and Duchess headed to the Government Gardens for their only public provincial appearance in the North Island. Thousands of royal watchers gathered to try and catch a glimpse of the visitors. Some arrived at the Gardens just after 7am to secure a prime spot in the hope of meeting the couple.
To the delight of the crowd, Harry and Meghan took their time walking down Queens Drive and stopped and spoke with many fans.
The royal couple then travelled to the Redwoods where they experienced the Redwoods Treewalk, learned about the forest’s history and met invited representatives of the local biking community under the forest canopy.
For highlights from the day visit our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages to see photos and videos of the royal couple enjoying our city and our royal fans welcoming them.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Rotorua and spent the first part of the morning being welcomed at a powhiri at Tunohopu Marae at Ohinemutu.
This afternoon the couple will be making their only provincial public appearance in the North Island when they walk through the Government Gardens from 3.30pm. Royal watchers have been lining up to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess from the early hours of this morning [31 October].
Road closures around the Gardens means parking is limited so people interested in seeing the royals are encouraged to make use of the free parking at the Village Green or the free park and ride service being run out of the Rotorua Racecourse.
You can find all the details about road closures, the park and ride service and the dos and don'ts HERE.
The royal fever is high with fans dressing up for the occasion. You can see the album of community pictures on the Council Facebook page HERE.
Photo credit: Mark Tantrum (Tantrum Productions)