The visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son
Prince George in April cost the taxpayer more than $1
Prince William and Catherine spent 10 days touring New
Zealand, in a visit which saw baby Prince George's first
official function outside the UK.
The Department of Internal Affairs spent $1,035,000 on the
Most of the $1 million budget went on personnel cost for the
royals, with $425,000 spent on staff.
This was followed by accommodation, meals and other travel
related costs at $132,000, vehicle hire at $108,000 and
international travel at $102,000.
Security and general operating costs came in at $98,000, with
Government hospitality ($89,000) and domestic air travel
($81,000) making up the cheaper items on the bill.
The provisional figures were released by the DIA today, which
said the bill was "consistent with the cost of previous royal
visits, taking into account the duration and itinerary".
The numbers had been rounded, the department said, and it was
"possible some small costs may yet come in that have not been
It also said the figures were for DIA costs only, and other
agencies, such as defence or police, were not included.
Earlier this year Prime Minister John Key said he expected
the royal tour to cost around $1.2 million.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ