The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may only be glimpsed by the
public from two designated areas when they tour the Wakatipu
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is warning there will
be no royal walkabouts scheduled in Queenstown.
The couple's lunch at the Amisfield Winery and a jet-boat
trip with Shotover Jet will be private events, the Royal
Visit Offices in the Department of Internal Affairs says.
Prince William and Catherine are scheduled to arrive at
Queenstown Airport at 2pm on Sunday.
They will be greeted by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van
''There will not be any opportunity for the public to see the
Royal couple at the airport, as they will be exiting the
airport directly from the tarmac, not walking through the
terminal,'' council spokeswoman Michele Poole said.
''The entourage will drive directly to Amisfield, passing the
Lake Hayes Pavilion, where parking will be available for
people who would like to stand and watch the royal motorcade
pass by,'' Ms Poole said.
''Spaces will be reserved for the Wakatipu Senior Citizens'
Association, and additional car parking will be available on
Two entrances to the Lake Hayes reserve will be open on
Sunday - the main entrance to the pavilion and also the
rowing club access road.
Traffic management staff will be on duty to direct vehicles
within the reserve. The Royal couple are scheduled to pass
the pavilion just before 2.15pm.
At 3.15pm they are scheduled to depart for Shotover Jet at
Arthurs Point, driving via Lake Hayes-Arrowtown Rd.
The second public viewing area is at Millbrook Corner, at the
intersection of Lake Hayes Rd and Malaghans Rd, where the
couple are scheduled to pass by about 3.20pm.
''People will be able to stand inside the fence at the
Millbrook Corner, but there will be no car parking available
on the site, or along the roadline,'' Ms Poole said.
''People are advised to park in McDonnell Rd and walk along
to the Millbrook Corner.''
Access to the Shotover River at Arthurs Point will be
restricted on Sunday.
Motorists should expect delays of 5-10 minutes at the Edith
Cavell Bridge between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
People will not be permitted to stand on the bridge.
Only people with accreditation will be allowed into Shotover
Jet by security personnel.
Department of Conservation tracks on either side of the
Shotover River will be closed during the royal visit, at the
request of the police.
Oxenbridge Tunnel Rd will be closed to the public, and there
will be no vehicle access between Atley Rd and Arthurs Point
Ngai Tahu Tourism Southern regional manager David Kennedy, of
Queenstown, said there would be limited viewing access, with
part of the Shotover Jet operation in Arthurs Point blocked
off for security.
''My advice would be to go to the two other designated spots,
at Amisfield at the Lake Hayes Pavilion and at the Millbrook
Corner, because there will be very, very limited viewing at
Shotover Jet,'' Mr Kennedy said.
It is believed the Royal couple will stay in a luxury lodge
near Glenorchy on Sunday night before returning to Queenstown
and flying to Christchurch on Monday morning.