The glasses are polished, the menu decided, the lawns have
been cut and the boat has been shined.
It's official: Queenstown is ready for the Royals.
Tomorrow afternoon the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will
arrive in the resort from Dunedin on a Royal New Zealand Air
Landing at Queenstown Airport, the couple will probably be
greeted with overcast skies and a brisk temperature of
14degC, along with Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden.
They will quickly make their way to Amisfield Winery, where
they will be met by about 150 invited guests including
Central Otago wine growers, Amisfield staff and their
families. There they will take part in a wine tasting
showcasing some of the region's best wineries and different
Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey
will accompany Prince William and COWA chairwoman Lucie
Lawrence will accompany Catherine.
Mr Dicey said it would be an ''absolute privilege'' to speak
to Prince William about the region's wines.
''It's a fantastic opportunity and once-in-a-lifetime chance
to have one-on-one time with William and talk him through our
''I'm excited and a little nervous about the event, given the
level of international interest surrounding their visit,'' he
Amisfield marketing manager Debbie Zampieri said the winery
was ''really honoured'' to be involved in the Royal visit.
''We're really proud that we were given the opportunity to
deliver a world-class event.''
After the event the couple will head directly to Shotover
Jet, where they will be treated to a high-octane ride on the
Yesterday morning one of the boats was given some TLC and a
high-powered polish was administered by Vincent Holdings'
Dave Moore and Shane Tynan, of Alexandra.
Shotover Jet marketing manager Nigel Kerr said the company
was helping present Queenstown to the world and it was
important ''to look our best''.
The couple would be treated to a ''normal'' trip on the
Shotover River, complete with 360-degree spins and a
high-speed, hair-raising, scream-inducing ride through the
Staff were ''absolutely buzzing'' ahead of the couple's
''It's been a real lift for internal morale - people like to
come to work and feel a bit of pride in what they're doing.''
Also at Shotover Jet will be a group of 15 pupils from
Arrowtown School, selected across all age groups, one pupil
for every decade the school has been open.
The children, who will be accompanied by teachers Janey
Winders and Joelle Healey, were selected because Prince
William was unable to visit the school in 2005. His programme
had included a visit to the school but bad weather prevented
his arrival in the resort.
It is understood the couple will spend the evening at
Matakauri Lodge before leaving for Christchurch on Monday
9.25am: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Dunedin
International Airport. Welcomed by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull on
the tarmac, who will, with Edward Ellison, of the local
runanga, lead a powhiri.
10am: Arrive at Octagon and, after short welcome,
climb steps to St Paul's cathedral for Palm Sunday service.
Service not open to the public other than those
11am: Service concludes. Royal couple may greet
members of public if there is time before travelling to
Forsyth Barr Stadium.
11.15am: Public drive to stadium.
At Forsyth Barr Stadium:Gates open to public at 9.45am.
Speight's Stand ticket holder - entry Gate A or Gate H.
Mitre 10 Mega Stand ticket holder - entry Gate C.
Non-ticket holders on the day will be seated in Mitre 10 Mega
Stand - entry Gate C.
Rippa rugby and entertainment commences at 10am and continues
until about 1pm.
It is recommended everyone is seated by 11am.
Stadium car park entry by gold coin donation. Free parking on
11.45am: Royal couple appear on field at
12.45pm: Leave for Dunedin International Airport for
flight to Queenstown.
2pm: Arrive at Queenstown Airport.
2.15pm: Arrive at Amisfield for wine and food
3.15pm: Leave Amisfield for Shotover jet via Malaghans
4.15pm: Leave Shotover for private evening.
10am: Fly to Christchurch.