Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive in Rotorua for the final day of their marathon royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Rotorua, New Zealand for the final day of their mammoth first royal tour as a married couple. 

Prince Harry and Meghan are spending the last day of their 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature.

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru Marae – a Māori meeting house – for the royal couple before a powerful haka on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

In sparkling weather – the best they’ve encountered in New Zealand so far – the pair were gifted korowai, traditional Māori woven cloaks.

The korowai were presented by the people of Te Arawa, honouring Meghan’s impending motherhood and the significance of female ancestors. 

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The Duchess of Sussex and her husband received a traditional welcome to Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island on Wednesday

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband received a traditional welcome to Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island on Wednesday

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband received a traditional welcome to Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island on Wednesday

The Duchess was gifted a traditional korowai (coat), which she wore over a blue Stella McCartney dress

The Duchess was gifted a traditional korowai (coat), which she wore over a blue Stella McCartney dress

The Duchess was gifted a traditional korowai (coat), which she wore over a blue Stella McCartney dress

Meghan was also presented with a bouquet of flowers which she held as she attended her first royal engagement for Wednesday

Meghan was also presented with a bouquet of flowers which she held as she attended her first royal engagement for Wednesday

Meghan was also presented with a bouquet of flowers which she held as she attended her first royal engagement for Wednesday

The woven cloak honoured Meghan’s impending motherhood and the significance of female ancestors

Meghan took her shoes off when she stepped inside the meeting house, as is customary in Māori culture

Meghan took her shoes off when she stepped inside the meeting house, as is customary in Māori culture

Meghan took her shoes off when she stepped inside the meeting house, as is customary in Māori culture

The royals attended a lunch during the engagement, which included a traditional Māori steamed hangi meal

The royals attended a lunch during the engagement, which included a traditional Māori steamed hangi meal

The royals attended a lunch during the engagement, which included a traditional Māori steamed hangi meal

Meghan and Harry co-ordinated their attire for the day, with the Duke wearing a blue tie and blue shoes to match his wife's blue dress and shoes

Meghan and Harry co-ordinated their attire for the day, with the Duke wearing a blue tie and blue shoes to match his wife's blue dress and shoes

Meghan and Harry co-ordinated their attire for the day, with the Duke wearing a blue tie and blue shoes to match his wife’s blue dress and shoes

A beaming Duchess spent time meeting with locals inside Te Papaiouru Marae - a Māori meeting house

A beaming Duchess spent time meeting with locals inside Te Papaiouru Marae - a Māori meeting house

A beaming Duchess spent time meeting with locals inside Te Papaiouru Marae – a Māori meeting house

Meghan pressed her forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Meghan pressed her forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Meghan pressed her forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional ‘Hongi’ greeting

Prince Harry is seen pressing his forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Prince Harry is seen pressing his forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Prince Harry is seen pressing his forehead and nose up against a man for the traditional ‘Hongi’ greeting

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru Marae for the royal couple

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru Marae for the royal couple

The sound of a conch shell signalled the start of the welcome ceremony at Te Papaiouru Marae for the royal couple

The couple then passed through a procession of children and elders, before taking their shoes off to step into the meeting house.

Prince Harry gave a speech in Māori – with clear pronunciation – thanking his hosts and saying the cloaks would be treasured by his family, adding he was pleased to be spending time in Rotorua. 

He then led a song, singing all of the words to ‘Te Aroha’ in Māori.

The royal couple attended a lunch, including a traditional Māori steamed hangi meal, with their hosts, before heading off to their next engagement of the day.

Harry said in a speech the traditional korowai cloaks gifted to the couple will be forever treasured by his family 

Harry said in a speech the traditional korowai cloaks gifted to the couple will be forever treasured by his family 

Harry said in a speech the traditional korowai cloaks gifted to the couple will be forever treasured by his family 

The couple took off their cloaks before they headed to a national kiwi bird hatchery, their next engagement of the day 

The couple took off their cloaks before they headed to a national kiwi bird hatchery, their next engagement of the day 

The couple took off their cloaks before they headed to a national kiwi bird hatchery, their next engagement of the day 

The royal couple passed through a procession of children and elders who had waited patiently for the chance to greet the pair

The royal couple passed through a procession of children and elders who had waited patiently for the chance to greet the pair

The royal couple passed through a procession of children and elders who had waited patiently for the chance to greet the pair

Harry and Meghan stopped to chat with the young students who were excited to be in the presence of royalty 

Harry and Meghan stopped to chat with the young students who were excited to be in the presence of royalty 

Harry and Meghan stopped to chat with the young students who were excited to be in the presence of royalty 

The royal couple were gifted the traditional korowai woven coats for their visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

The royal couple were gifted the traditional korowai woven coats for their visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

The royal couple were gifted the traditional korowai woven coats for their visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

The Duke and Duchess will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature

The Duke and Duchess will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature

The Duke and Duchess will spend the last day of the 16-day regional tour in the central North Island town taking in the local culture and nature

Prince Harry also pressed his forehead and nose up against a woman for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Prince Harry also pressed his forehead and nose up against a woman for the traditional 'Hongi' greeting

Prince Harry also pressed his forehead and nose up against a woman for the traditional ‘Hongi’ greeting

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meeting young kinds as they attend formal pÿwhiri and luncheon at Te Papaiouru Marae

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meeting young kinds as they attend formal pÿwhiri and luncheon at Te Papaiouru Marae

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meeting young kinds as they attend formal pÿwhiri and luncheon at Te Papaiouru Marae

The royal couple watched on intently as the pōwhiri - or welcome ceremony - was performed 

The royal couple watched on intently as the pōwhiri - or welcome ceremony - was performed 

The royal couple watched on intently as the pōwhiri – or welcome ceremony – was performed 

The royals walked in-step as they left Te Papaiouru Marae for their next engagement of their Rotorua visit 

The royals walked in-step as they left Te Papaiouru Marae for their next engagement of their Rotorua visit 

The royals walked in-step as they left Te Papaiouru Marae for their next engagement of their Rotorua visit 

Meghan waved to adoring young fans as she and Harry headed off to a kiwi bird hatchery

Meghan waved to adoring young fans as she and Harry headed off to a kiwi bird hatchery

Meghan waved to adoring young fans as she and Harry headed off to a kiwi bird hatchery

Next on the agenda was a visit to a kiwi bird hatchery where they got to name a pair of the rotund, flightless birds and meet conservationists protecting the species.

The royals will later take a public stroll through Rotorua’s gardens, go walking through a redwood forest and meet with the local mountain biking community before departing the country.   

The Queen previously visited Rotorua in 1954. 

New Zealand was the final stop on the couple’s tour, after visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga.

The tour has been a memorable one for the Duke and Duchess, who announced on the day of their arrival in Australia they were expecting their first child in the northern Spring.  

Prince Harry gave a speech in Māori were he thanked his hosts and said the cloaks would be treasured by his family

Prince Harry gave a speech in Māori were he thanked his hosts and said the cloaks would be treasured by his family

Prince Harry gave a speech in Māori were he thanked his hosts and said the cloaks would be treasured by his family

The Duke and Duchess were greeted with powerful haka, which was perfomed on the shores of Lake Rotorua

The Duke and Duchess were greeted with powerful haka, which was perfomed on the shores of Lake Rotorua

The Duke and Duchess were greeted with powerful haka, which was perfomed on the shores of Lake Rotorua

The welcoming ceremony was well received by the royals, with Prince Harry saying he was pleased to be spending time in Rotorua

The welcoming ceremony was well received by the royals, with Prince Harry saying he was pleased to be spending time in Rotorua

The welcoming ceremony was well received by the royals, with Prince Harry saying he was pleased to be spending time in Rotorua

School students were among the local residents who had turned out to officially welcome the royal couple 

School students were among the local residents who had turned out to officially welcome the royal couple 

School students were among the local residents who had turned out to officially welcome the royal couple 

The royal couple were given a traditional welcome - or pōwhiri - when they arrived in Rotorua

The royal couple were given a traditional welcome - or pōwhiri - when they arrived in Rotorua

The royal couple were given a traditional welcome – or pōwhiri – when they arrived in Rotorua

 

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