Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Photographer Rob Jefferies talks us through Day Seven in Dunedin.


Dunedin International Airport was awash with locals and officials eagerly anticipating the arrival of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on day 7 of the tour to New Zealand and Australia

The RNZAF B757 containing the royal entourage touched down shortly before 9.30am at Dunedin International Airport with both William and Catherine emerging from the plane shortly after – Catherine looked resplendent in a tailored Aqua Coloured Suit and were left in no illusion that they were certainly welcome in Dunedin by a raucous Dunedin public.

A traditional Maori welcome from Ngai Tahu greeted Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge followed by local dignitaries before the first highlight of the day with Catherine sharing a beautiful heartwarming hug with a young girl before they set off for a church service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The second highlight of the day was the Rippa Rugby Tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin where Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge certainly got involved with coaching and interacting with young players, parents and with All Blacks Richie McCaw and Ben Smith - this was great to see this interaction and William and Kate looking so relaxed and at home.

We then headed to the airport to board a RNZAF C130 Hercules flight to New Zealand’s stunning adventure capital – Queenstown. The next highlight of the day and perhaps the whole tour– a jet boat ride on the iconic Shotover Jet through the narrow Shotover River Canyons in Queenstown. This was a thrill seeking and fun-filled experience for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge that will be remembered by all for a very long time – the smile and general buzz was awesome.

We would love to see William and Kate back our part of the world again – they are certainly more than welcome.

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