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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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, 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 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
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
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
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