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Last reviewed: Wed, 09 Apr 2014

Royal Tour April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will begin an 18 day tour of Australia and New Zealand in April 2014. The tour will be the new family’s first official royal engagement.

The tour will be the new family’s first official royal engagement. The visit is primarily co-ordinated by the Royal Visit Office (RVO) a division of the Office of the Governor General.

Christchurch Itinerary Monday 14 April 2014

The Royals arrive from Queenstown on Monday 14 April 2014

  • 10.35 – 10.50am: Her Worship The Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Ngāi Tahu welcome the Royals, Christchurch City Council Building, Worcester Boulevard
  • 11.05 – 12.20pm: Various events around Latimer Square:
    • CTV memorial park and meeting with families of victims
    • a visit to the Transitional Cathedral
    • a public walk through Latimer Square
    • 2015 Cricket World Cup/young cricketers event
  • 12.20 – 12.30pm: Drive to Botanical Gardens
  • 12.30 – 12.50pm: Opening of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • 1.15 – 2.30pm: ‘Future Focus: Christchurch’s Redevelopment’ lunch including a visit to Wall of Remembrance, Air Force Museum, Wigram

At the end of the day, the Royals fly from Christchurch to Wellington.

For more information go to the Royal Visit page on the Governor General Website.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Royal Tour

Why are The Duke and Duchess visiting Christchurch?

The Duke and Duchess have been invited to visit New Zealand by the Government.  The Duke of Cambridge has visited New Zealand several times before, including coming to Christchurch soon after the 2011 earthquake.  The Duke feels a connection to Christchurch, having visited so soon after February 2011.

This visit gives Christchurch an opportunity to heighten its profile and provide the very large media contingent travelling with the Royal Couple an updated picture of the city post-2011.  There are over 350 New Zealand media representatives accredited to the Tour and 115 overseas media.  This visit provides an opportunity to demonstrate how far the city has come and its plans for the future, as well as to highlight the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the strengths of the local business community.

What is the programme for the visit to Christchurch?

The Duke and Duchess will be formally welcomed to the city by the Mayor and with a mihi whakatau conducted by Ngai Tahu elders.  This is mid-morning immediately after their arrival.  The programme is as follows:

Monday 14 April 2014: Christchurch
10.35am: Official welcome to Christchurch outside the Christchurch City Council building.

11.30am: This is the best opportunity for the public to see the Royals. A public walk through Latimer Square to ICC Cricket World Cup countdown clock, where they will meet with young cricketers.

12.30pm: The Royal Couple will then officially open the new Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. .

1.15pm: Brief opportunity to see the Duke and Duchess as they arrive at the Air Force Museum in Wigram to attend a Future Focus lunch and pay their respects at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Memorial Wall.

Where can I see The Royal Couple?

See the programme above.  The best opportunity is the Latimer Square walkabout.

Where is the best place to park?

Anywhere close to the visit venues will potentially be affected by road closures and by the large numbers of people coming to see The Royal Couple.  We strongly recommend that those members of the public who are keen to see The Royal Couple travel by public transport or be prepared to park and walk to visit venues such as Latimer Square.

There are some road closures associated with the Royal Visit.  These are being kept to the shortest time possible, mindful of the impact this has on traffic and the public.  However this is a significant event and we expect a large number of people may travel to the city to see the couple, and this will have an impact on parking and traffic.

The traffic is already terrible – why are extra roads being closed for this visit?

The number of road closures associated with the Royal Visit are being kept to a minimum.  The roads are closed for safety and security reasons, and because they enable the motorcade to exit the city as quickly as possible which in turn allows things to get back to normal faster.

Which roads are being closed?

The following road closures will be put in place on Monday:

From 6am – 1pm

  • Cashel Street [Manchester to Barbadoes]
  • Hereford Street [Manchester to Barbadoes]
  • Worcester Street [Manchester to Barbadoes]
  • Gloucester Street [Manchester to Barbadoes]
  • Liverpool Street
  • Woolsack Lane
  • Bedford Row

From 9am – 1pm

  • Madras Street including Latimer Square [Lichfield Street to Gloucester Street]

 From 10am – 11am

  • Hereford Street [Montreal to Cambridge Terrace]
  • Worcester Boulevard [Montreal to Cambridge Terrace] 

Have arrangements been made for disabled people who want to see The Duke and Duchess?

There will be some limited Mobility Parking on Hereford Street running from Latimer Square to Barbadoes Street on the North Side of the Street. Please also note the road closures noted above.

Can I give The Duke and Duchess/Prince George a gift or can I give the Council a gift to give to them?

It may be possible to give The Royal Couple a gift at the walkabout in Latimer Square, if you happen to meet them.  The public should be realistic though given the number of people who may attend the walkabout.  There are no guarantees that you will be in the right spot at the right time but if you do manage it, then well done!

The Council is not collecting gifts on behalf of the public to give to The Royal Couple.  The official advice we have received is that gifts are not necessary.  If a member of the public has a gift they would particularly like to send to The Royal Couple, then they are invited do this care of their postal address below which is taken from the official website of the British Monarchy.

You can write to:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA


Authorising Unit: Public Affairs

Last reviewed: Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Next review: Thursday, 9 October 2014

Keywords: royal, royal family, tour