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Prince Charles and Camilla to visit NZ on jubilee tour

Published: 12:39PM Tuesday September 18, 2012 Source: ONE News

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour, the Prime Minister announced today.

Prince Charles and Camilla will fly in on November 10 after an eight-day tour of Papua New Guinea and Australia.

They will visit four centres around the country during their week-long stay, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Manawatu.

Prime Minister John Key said it would be a great pleasure to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to the country.

"The Prince of Wales will be representing the Queen of New Zealand on the visit, which celebrates Her Majesty's remarkable 60 years of service," said Key.

The trip will be the Duchess of Cornwall's first visit to New Zealand.

During their stay, the pair hope to also spend some private time together experiencing New Zealand's tourism industry.

Tour highlights include:

Auckland: A high performance sports event, a public walk, and opportunities to showcase some of New Zealand's innovative technology. The Prince will attend an event highlighting the wool industry as the Patron of the Campaign for Wool.

Wellington: A welcoming ceremony at Government House and the opening of the nation's Diamond Jubilee gift to the Queen, a new Visitor Centre at Government House.

Manawatu: A visit to Feilding to attend an event with local farmers. As Air Commodore-in-Chief, the Prince will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force during a visit to Ohakea Air Force Base.

Christchurch: After a welcome by Ngai Tahu, the pair's southern visit will have a focus on the recovery strategy for Christchurch and future plans for the city. Charles and Camilla will also spend time at the 150th Agricultural and Pastoral Show, before leaving the country late on November 16.