2018 Oct 31

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 4: Rotorua

The Royal Tour of Oceania has finally come to a close, as Harry and Meghan carried out their final engagements in Rotorua, New Zealand. They arrived in the morning at Rotorua Regional Airport to visit Te Papaiouru Marae for a traditional Maori welcome ceremony. They watched the formal Maori challenge and were given Korowai cloaks (Meghan’s one is made to protect during a pregnancy). Then they visited the kitchens before enjoying lunch with the group. VIDEO

Following their lunch, Harry & Meghan visited Rainbow Springs to learn more about their Kiwi Breeding Programme aiming to preserve the species. They named two kiwi chicks: Harry decided on ‘Tihei’ (Sneeze) and Meghan on ‘Koha’ (Gift). VIDEO

The couple then greeted the members of the public at Rotorua Government Gardens. A little girl got to go through the barriers to meet Meghan, who engaged in a little dance and then a hug. VIDEO

For their final engagement of the tour, Harry and Meghan visited Redwoods Treewalk, a space with more than 23 suspension bridges closing the gaps between 22 trees. Before visiting the forest, the Duke and Duchess went on a walk through the trees to explore. VIDEO