Where to see the royals in Dunedin and Queenstown

Dunedin's Octagon - click image to enlarge
Dunedin's Octagon - click image to enlarge
Queenstown visit - click image to enlarge
Queenstown visit - click image to enlarge

Residents and visitors to Dunedin keen to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today need to plan their routes and be prepared for delays.

The royal couple arrive at the Dunedin International Airport about 9.25am.

They will attend a ticket-only Palm Sunday service at St Pauls Cathedral at 10am before taking part in the Regal Rugby Fun Day at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.


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 invited.

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 surrounding streets.

11.45am: Royal couple appear on field at stadium.

12.45pm: Leave for Dunedin International Airport for flight to Queenstown.


Two areas have been set aside for members of the public to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they drive between venues.

There is no royal walkabout scheduled in Queenstown, and the couple's lunch at the Amisfield Winery and a jetboat trip with Shotover Jet are private events.

Prince William and Catherine will arrive at Queenstown airport, Frankton, at 2pm and be greeted by Mayor Vanessa van Uden. 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.

They 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.

The royal couple are scheduled to pass by the pavilion just before 2.15pm.

At 3.15 they are scheduled to depart for Shotover Jet at Arthur's Point, driving via the Lake Hayes - Arrowtown Road.

The second public viewing area is at the Millbrook Corner, at the intersection of Lake Hayes Road and Malaghan Road, where the couple are scheduled to pass by at about 3.20pm.
People will be able to stand inside the fence at the Millbrook Corner, but there will be no carparking available on the site, or along the roadline. People are advised to park in McDonnell Road and walk along to the Millbrook Corner.

Access to the Shotover River at Arthur's Point will be restricted. Motorists are advised to expect delays of 5-10 minutes at the Edith Cavell Bridge from around 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

Oxenbridge Tunnel Road will be closed to the public, and there will be no vehicle access between Atley Road and Arthur's point Road.

2pm: Arrive at Queenstown Airport.

2.15pm: Arrive at Amisfield for wine and food tasting.

3.15pm: Leave Amisfield for Shotover jet via Malaghans Rd.

4.15pm: Leave Shotover for private evening.

Monday 10am: Fly to Christchurch.

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