Thousands of people have turned out to see the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge during a packed day in Otago which
started in church and ended in a white-knuckle ride on the
weather played its part with no repeat of the rain seen
elsewhere in the country during the royal tour.
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In Dunedin five-year-old Matawhio Matahaere-Veint became an
instant star on news websites worldwide after holding on for
a long hug with the Duchess at the airport.
The couple attended Palm Sunday mass at St Paul's Cathedral
and then delighted the crowd in the Octagon with a walkabout.
Next stop was Forsyth Barr Stadium where Prince William
gained a measure of revenge over his wife for trouncing him
in yachting in Auckland by coaching the winning rippa rugby
team in front of 8000 people.
After flying to Queenstown the royal couple visited a winery
and then buckled in for a ride on the Shotover Jet.
Shotover jet thrill-ride
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge applauded on their return
from a 25-minute thrill ride with Queenstown's iconic
The couple clapped and thanked the driver as the jet
The royal pair were clearly thrilled with the adventure.
After taking off their lifejackets they took several minutes
meeting the Arrowtown School pupils.
Prince William was wearing a black New Zealand cap with a
They were then whisked off to stay the night at the exclusive
Earlier the boat went up the Shotover river, turned and raced
back before performing a dramatic 180-degree turn for the
When the boat shot up the river, the crowd shrieked in
The boat then disappeared from view for a 15-minute journey,
blasting by rocky outcrops, skimming around ragged boulders,
and speeding through the narrow canyons.
Minutes earlier in brilliant late afternoon sunshine,
five-year old Maggie Langford presented Kate - who has
changed into skinny jeans and a blazer - with a bouquet of
flowers on arrival at the sandy riverside.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a short riverside
safety briefing along with the 12 others travelling in their
big, red boat.
Others on the royals' boat - and a second 'Big Red' boat that
is going up the river - include representatives from Ngai
Tahu, tribe chairman Sir Mark Solomon, Ngai Tahu youth,
Shotover Jet workers, security guards and Kensington Palace
William and Kate chose not to wear the tourism firm's grey
sprayjackets to protect them from the inevitable splashes of
But they clutched their red lifejackets tightly as they met
their fellow boat travellers.
They stood around chatting casually before they had a group
The royals then walked down the gangplank and sat in the
middle of the boat, just behind driver Wayne Paton.
Royals visit winery
The Duke of Cambridge was more in the mood for drinking than
talking when he visited Queenstown's Amisfield winery
After a brief tour of the vineyard that took in not just the
vines but an old showpiece Massey Ferguson tractor, Prince
William remarked to co-owner John Darby: "We should probably
stop the talking and start the drinking."
Darby and Amisfield winemaker Stephanie Lambert took William
and Kate through a tasting of Amisfield 2011 Pinot Noir.
William gave it three or four hearty swirls in the glass,
gulped back a mouthful and remarked: "Delicious".
The royal couple have now arrived at Shotover Jet and are
about to buckle in for a 25-minute adrenaline rush.
Earlier on arrival at the winery at 2.40pm, the pair
got a big cheer from a waiting crowd of hundreds lining the
winery entrance at Lake Hayes.
They'd come from Queenstown Airport where they arrived on a
Royal New Zealand Air Force 757 and were greeted by
Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden.
Van Uden told them: "Welcome to Queenstown, have a lovely
time." And Kate in response noted how amazing the weather
At the vineyard, the pair were separated before sampling some
of the best of the region's pinot noir and aromatic wines,
represented by 29 of the district's vineyards.
Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey
escorted the Duke around sampling stations inside a marquee
set up at Amisfield. Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd chairwoman
Lucie Lawrence took the duchess on her tour.
The Royal pair departed at 3.30pm on the dot towards the
Shotover Jet base.
Security was tight for the jetboat trip up the steep, rugged,
tree-lined Shotover Canyons, and dozens of police have been
scouring the area all morning.
Highly-trained Special Tactics Group (STG) officers were
believed to be in the area, and a dive squad has trawled the
Prince gets a rippa revenge
Prince William has gained revenge for his wife's win in the
yachting in Auckland with a rippa rugby victory in Dunedin.
front of a crowd of 8000, the William-coached Clutha team
prevailed 30-20 over Pirates who had Kate Middleton as
After the game Prince William thanked the crowd for the warm
welcome and said he had found the city in New Zealand "where
the passion for rugby runs deepest."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the field in casual
clothing and the prince delighted the crowd at Forsyth Barr
Stadium by kicking off the rippa rugby final between two
teams of Otago youngsters.
The royal couple had greeted NZ rugby boss Steve Tew, players
Ben Smith, Richie McCaw and DJ Forbes and CureKids
ambassadors Sophie Newbold and Bayden Marrin in the stadium
They then split up to coach their teams. Prince William
appeared to be taking his duties seriously with words of
encouragement for the young players.
Of the triple attractions of rippa rugby, the royals and
Richie McCaw, Richie was the biggest pull for 8-year old Finn
Aitken, who has come to watch sister Mya play rugby for the
West Tairi Rippa team.
Tam Alinaami, a big fan of the Queen, said she hoped to meet
Prince William and see Catherine, because she liked the
monarchist system and wanted to tell them that. "I'd like to
shake hands with him."
Earlier the couple delighted a crowd of 3500 in Dunedin's
Octagon with a brief royal walkabout after the Palm Sunday
Service at St Paul's Cathedral.
The royal couple each concentrated on one side of the crowd
and were greeted with loud cheering.
People scaled poles, sat on shoulders and even climbed onto
the Robbie Burns statue to get a glimpse of the couple.
When they arrived the Duchess turned and waved to the crowd
of royal-watchers before the couple were greeted at the steps
of St Paul's Cathedral by Dean the Very Rev Dr Trevor James.
Narelle Hetfield (35) and her daughter Zoey (15) came along
at 7.45am sporting Union Jack flags.
Narelle said she was shaking when Kate waved and was still
buzzing a few minutes later.
Margaret Armishaw, from Dunback, who travelled to Dunedin
with her friend Glennis Beyer, of Nelson, said Kate "looked
beautiful" and it was worth getting up at 5am to get a prime
spot outside the cathedral.
There was debate in the crowd over the colour of the
Duchess's outfit with some settling on "peacock blue".
Royal-watchers from throughout the South, many wearing fake
tiaras and waving Union Jacks, gathered at the airport to
greet the royal couple.
The royal couple were welcomed on the tarmac by Dunedin Mayor
Edward Ellison, of the local runanga, led a powhiri which
included Dunedin five-year-old Matawhio Matahaere-Veint.
The youngster, who had a long chat with the Duchess, said she
had been practising how to curtsey "for a long time."
She gave the Duchess two books for Prince George including
The Little Yellow Digger.
Among the crowd of 300 a trio of fans from Haast have been at
the airport since early morning and Gina Cosgrove and her
daughter Chelsea (14) from Invercargill arrived at 8pm the
previous evening and slept in their car.