Wellington Scoop

Prince Charles walks on the waterfront, then he visits Weta Workshop

Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Wellington today for a brief visit. Their first day in Wellington included a royal walk along the waterfront to the playground at Frank Kitts Park, and a visit to Weta Workshop.

Wednesday: 14 November:

1200: The Prince and Duchess arrive at Government House Wellington for the Diamond Jubilee Welcome Ceremony, hosted by the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae.
1245: The Prince and Duchess officially open New Zealand’s Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty The Queen, a new Visitor Centre at Government House Wellington
1330: The Prince and Duchess arrive at Taranaki St Wharf and walk along the Wellington waterfront, to the Frank Kitts Park playground
1435: The Prince visits Weta Workshop, Miramar
1500: The Duchess attends a reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae celebrating the work of women in the community, Government House Wellington
1530: The Prince receives the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, and the Leader of the Opposition, David Shearer, in separate meetings at Government House Wellington
1630: The Prince and Duchess attend a birthday celebration, hosted by the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Government House Wellington

Thousands see royal couple on waterfront

Wellington/Feilding/Palmerston North
15 November:

1000: The Prince and Duchess meet New Zealand Defence Force families of the Fallen, Government House Wellington
1220: The Prince and Duchess arrive in Feilding and attend the Farmers’ Market in Manchester Square
1345: The Prince visits a farm
1400: The Duchess visits the Equine Research and Wildlife Centres at Massey University in Palmerston North
1515: The Prince and Duchess arrive at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, and meet Air Force personnel and their families
1900: The Prince attends a reception for New Zealand’s conservation community, hosted by the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Government House Wellington

On the 16th they’ll be spending a day in Christchurch, before leaving New Zealand at 10.30pm.


  1. Maximus, 12. November 2012, 12:03

    a pity that the Prince of Wales is only to walk along the waterfront as far as Frank Kitts Park, which is looking as dreary today as it was 30 years ago when Charles was last there. That part of the waterfront walk will be the dreariest of all….

    It would have been much more interesting for him, and for us, if he had gone either to Waitangi Park, or to Kumutoto, to experience some more modern design. No doubt we could have had some choice commentary from him on such features as the Lobster Loos, the Meridian building, and the new giant mutant Kina at Kumutoto.

  2. Pauline Swann, 12. November 2012, 14:57

    Have already had this debate with Maximus on his website and would remind him yet again of the wonderful ac tivities Wellingtonians of all ages enjoy on Frank Kitts Park – Teddy Bears Picnic, dragon boat races, concerts, Festival of the Arts activities, Relay for Life, Summer City and I could go on.

    Lunch time keep fit activities, school children on bus trips to the Museum of City and Sea can be seen playing games and eating lunch in the amphitheatre, and office workers having a quiet read and of course enjoying the sculptures and the historic plaques along the seaward side of the amphitheatre. There are also “family priced” snack bars and souvenir shops and of course the Saturday market under the park….and let us not forget the Len Lye Water Whirler and the Lighthouse slide in the children’s playground.

  3. Suzanne Brook, 25. November 2012, 22:50

    The walkabout on the waterfront could not have gone better. It was just a shame that the amazing reception Charles and Camilla received did not get publicity that did it justice.