Day 7 began as the royal couple disembarked their RNZAF jet in Dunedin. They were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome from the Ngai Tahu tribe, who are the main tribe on the South Island.
Elders from the tribe conducted a welcome – or Powhiri – which involved chanting at the couple from some distance before inviting them forward.
Then the Duke and Duchess rubbed noses with their hosts in a traditional Maori welcome known as a hongi.
After leaving the airport, William and Kate attended a Palm Sunday church service at Cathedral of St Paul . The service lasted 75-minutes, and upon it’s conclusion the Duke and Duchess walked down the cathedral steps to cheers and crossed the road to chat to some of the well-wishers.
The Duchess of Cambridge brightened up the day in a long-sleeved, turquoise Emilia Wickstead dress. It featured a cinched waist, pleated skirt and fell just above the knee. Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born, London based designer and a long-time favorite of Kate.
The dress may look familiar as it looks a lot like the pale pink Emilia Wickstead that Kate wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party (May 2012).
Completing her outfit, Kate wore a Bespoke blue hat by milliner Jane Taylor, suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), a Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), the diamond fern brooch on loan from the Queen and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and earrings.
Next, it was off to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would each be coaching a children’s ‘Rippa Rugby’ team accompanied by members of the All Blacks.
Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.
William’s team, ‘Clutha,’ beat Kate’s ‘Pirates’ 30-20.
The Duchess changed out of her Emilia Wickstead dress into an oval knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders ($359 and sold out), blue skinny jeans and her taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet.
After the rugby match, William & Kate hopped a plane to Queenstown. Their first engagement was a visit to Amisfield Winery where they toured the vineyards and even tasted some of their wines.
The Duchess of Cambridge changed a third time and wore her navy double breasted blazer with gold buttons by Zara, fitted blue and white gingham ‘boyfriend’ shirt from Gap ($49.95), navy skinny jeans and her trusty blue suede ‘Corkswoon’ wedges by Stuart Weitzman.
After the winery, it was off to the Shotover River, one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions.
After changing into waterproof jackets and donning lifejackets, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats. They waved for souvenir photographs and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.
When they returned 20 minutes later, the couple were wet but clearly exhilarated.