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Tour New Zealand like Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George

- April 8th, 2014
Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George disembark from their plane after arriving in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George disembark from their plane after arriving in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Prince William, his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and baby son Prince George have arrived in New Zealand for a three week tour of the country and neighbouring Australia. It’s the first time in New Zealand for Duchess Kate and Prince George and is the royal trio’s first official tour as a new family.

During the New Zealand leg of the trip, the royal family will take in three North Island and three South Island regions. Prince William and Duchess Kate will visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting, meet with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and take a jet boat ride on the famed Shotover River (see photos of their jet boat ride here), as well as attend more formal ceremonies and functions.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George after disembarking their plane with her husband Britain's Prince William in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George after disembarking their plane with her husband Britain’s Prince William in Wellington April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Britain's Prince William (centre 2nd L-with sunglasses) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (centre 2nd R-in sunglasses), take a ride on the "Shotover Jet" in the New Zealand city of Queenstown on April 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / Fiona Goodall

Britain’s Prince William (centre 2nd L-with sunglasses) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (centre 2nd R-in sunglasses), take a ride on the “Shotover Jet” in the New Zealand city of Queenstown on April 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Fiona Goodall

Travellers who want to experience the places and activities the Duke and Duchess will over the next nine days can find inspiration for their own travels in a new royal tour-themed itinerary from Tourism New Zealand.

The suggested itinerary starts in the “City of Sails,” Auckland. Here, guests can take a wine trail or forest walk before trying the Explore: America’s Cup Sailing Experience. Prince William and Kate will square off on the Auckland harbour for their own America’s Cup race during their New Zealand tour.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at the Viaduct Basin to sail with Team New Zealand. (WENN.com)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland to sail with Team New Zealand. (WENN.com)

From Auckland, head to Hobbiton, a picturesque village of 44 Hobbit hole homes and a top filming location for Peter Jackson and his The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. After your tour, stop for a mug of sobering thought ale at the Green Dragon Inn.

Experience Maori culture like Prince William and Duchess Kate did upon arriving in New Zealand in Hamilton and Rotorua. Enjoy an afternoon at the geothermal and boiling mud pools and witness first-hand a traditional Maori feast and cultural performance at the Mitai Maori Village.

Prince William (C) and his wife Catherine (L) meet a Maori warrior during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington on April 7, 2014.  Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.    AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE

Prince William and his wife Catherine meet a Maori warrior during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington on April 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE

Carry on to Wellington where you can unleash your inner foodie at some of New Zealand’s top restaurants on the Zest Food Tour, followed by a visit to the Zealandia eco sanctuary to see some of the country’s most unique birds and animals in the wild.

Britain's Prince William (R) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (C), walk with New Zealand film maker Peter Jackson (L) around the Omaka Aviation Museum in the New Zealand city of Blenheim on April 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / TIM CUFF

Britain’s Prince William (R) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (C), walk with New Zealand film maker Peter Jackson (L) around the Omaka Aviation Museum in the New Zealand city of Blenheim on April 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / TIM CUFF

Plan to continue your visit to this region by taking the ferry from Wellington across the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, then Blenheim. Here, Prince William and Duchess Kate will be given a tour of Peter Jackson’s private World War I aircraft collection at the Omaka Aviation Heritage centre by the director himself (see photos of their tour with Jackson here).

To discover more of Tourism New Zealand’s suggested stops for a royal-inspired tour of the country, visit newzealand.com.

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