Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan are the latest in a long line of British Royals to tour New Zealand. The first was Albert, Queen Victoria’s second son. he came to New Zealand in 1867 and amongst other things, toured Nelson and went pig hunting. To make your own visit fit for a King – or at least a prince – here’s where you should go to give your New Zealand journey a “by Royal appointment” flavour.
Places to Visit for a Royal New Zealand Journey
Prince Harry and Meghan 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reach New Zealand at the end of a tour which first calls in at Australia, Fiji and Tonga. In Wellington, follow in their footsteps by visiting Government House. The base of the Governor-General, this 110 year old property can be visited on an organised tour.
Abel Tasman is also on the itinerary. The Royal couple will learn about the environmental challenges faced by New Zealand’s national parks. You can visit Abel Tasman secure in the knowledge that your kayak trip won’t harm this beautiful landscape.
Charles and Diana 1983
Harry’s elder brother William accompanied his parents on a New Zealand journey as a baby. The press went wild for him, prompting Charles to quip that no one was interested in shaking his hand as the crowd’s focus was on the Princess of Wales and her infant son. Follow the Royal family’s lead and pay a visit to Auckland’s Eden Park. It was there that Prince Charles announced an extra day off for the nation’s school children. A major sporting venue, it hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final and has also been the home of the city’s cricket and rugby teams. This multi-purpose venue was specially designed so that the South Stand seats retract. This ensures that the pitch meets the requirements of international cricket. While you’re in Auckland, don’t miss the many maritime attractions of this coastal city.
Alternatively, follow William’s lead – as an adult he visited Christchurch post-quake.
Her Majesty the Queen 1953-54
It’s no secret that the Queen is a huge fan of horse racing. During her 1953-54 tour, she visited 46 towns and carried out 110 engagements. Unsurprisingly, she attended meets at Ellerslie and Trentham race courses. The crowd were so excited to see their Royal visitor they turned their backs on the horses. It’s easy to build in a visit to Ellerslie while in Auckland or Trentham as part of a Wellington visit. Or perhaps you’re tempted to have a go at horse riding yourself, with these suggestions for places to ride.