More than a thousand people lined the Lake Hayes-Arrow
Junction Rd outside the Amisfield Winery and spilled along
State Highway 6 by the Lake Hayes reserve to wait for the
Linzi Thomas came with a group from Wanaka, including
daughter, Meg, who had pointed out ''it's not every day a
duchess comes to town''.
Her mother, originally from South Yorkshire, agreed, and said
the visit was ''really good for the economy, for tourism and
a sense of heritage''.
Denise Laurie drove her daughters Alex (12) and Jamie (10)
from Invercargill, leaving at 8.30am to secure a good viewing
''We just wanted to catch a glimpse ... my Dad thinks we're
Scottish woman Helen Bauld, travelled from her home in
Cromwell, because ''you can't pass up an opportunity like
With her was daughter Charlotte Spence, resplendent in a tiny
Union Jack dress - a hand-me-down from her cousin and bought
especially to celebrate the Royal couple's 2011 wedding.
Not everyone was as enamoured by the occasion, though.
Five-year-old Ashley Shannon, of Lake Hayes Estate, could be
heard asking his mother Helen, ''What are we actually doing
here?''After some prompting, he was able to recall one of the
names of the guests of honour - William.
His mother, originally from England, was more interested in
the other half of the royal pair, though.
''I'm just here to see what Kate's wearing,'' she explained.