Images Collections: Ravishing in red: The Duchess Of Cambridge wore a recycled peplum-style scarlet suit as she arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday
Ravishing in red: The Duchess Of Cambridge wore a recycled peplum-style scarlet suit as she arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday
Warm welcome: The Duchess performed the traditional Maori greeting of the ‘Hongi’ as she visited the Christchurch City Council Buildings
She looked unsteady on the rough ground in her Russell and Bromley cork wedges – and as she slipped she grabbed William’s arm to steady herself.
John, 57, offered the couple a glass of 2011 Amisfield pinot noir in the sunshine.
As he chatted to the couple about the grapes and the climate, he said: ‘When it gets very cold we use helicopters to stop the frost over the vines by hovering above and stirring up the cold air.’
William exclaimed: ‘You’re joking? That’s an expensive way to do it! Wow! If you ever need a spare pilot, I’m here!
‘That is an expensive way to make wine.
Traditional welcome: Kate received a traditional Nagi Tahu welcome on Monday by a local dignitary
No tired eyes here: The couple looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they began their day of official engagements
‘But we should stop talking and start drinking.
Sticking his nose into the glass, he said: ‘Hmm, this smells delicious.’
In glorious sunshine, with the mountains as backdrop, Kate swirled her glass and repeated her husband’s comments, before taking a tiny sip.
She immediately handed the glass to William’s private secretary Miguel Head, telling him to ‘enjoy it’.
John said: ‘The Duchess did take a little sip – but I don’t think she’s a big drinker.
‘We nearly moved on without the Duke or Duchess having a glass of our wine, but the Duke was keen to try it.
Beaming: The Duchess beamed as she and William were greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu tribe during the eighth day of their official tour of New Zealand
Classic: The 32-year-old also wore her glossy long brunette locks in a half up and half down style to reveal a pair of pearl drop earrings
Lots to do: Later on Monday the couple are due to attend an event at Latimer Square, visiting a memorial park and joining young children for a World Cup Cricket event
‘He said “Hang on, let’s enjoy a glass of wine – we can’t pass up the opportunity”.
‘I think the Duchess was more interested in the gardening – she seemed quite knowledgeable in the pruning aspect of the vines.
‘We chatted about Dunedin and the Prince knew all about its Scottish roots – and he said the weather was very like Scotland.
‘They both picked some grapes as we were walking through the vineyard and William in particular seemed to know about red wine – I think that’s his favourite.’
Breezy: Kate made sure to brush the hair away from her face as they stood outside of the council building in the breeze
Busy: Kate and William have a busy day ahead of them but will enjoy a day off from the Royal Tour on Tuesday
So many people to meet: The couple spent considerable time meeting and greeting several people throughout the day
Amused: Kate and William smiled as they chatted to cultural advisor Kura Moeahu as they were officially welcomed to the city
Michelle Morpeth, of Wooing Tree vineyard, said Kate preferred the white wine but had a cheeky sip of red from William’s glass.
Michelle, 36, said: ‘Kate said her husband was the wine expert and she always followed his advice – and that he was normally right.
‘We also talked about the fact 2013 was an excellent vintage and they should keep a magnum of 2013 wine to drink at George’s 21st birthday.
‘Kate seemed really keen on that and thought it was a nice idea.
Glowing: The Duchess was a natural beauty and looked ladylike in her bright red attire
Claire Mulholland, from Burnt Cottage vineyard, said: ‘They were saying how much fun George had at his playdate last week with the other babies.
‘I asked if he had been out much but they said he hadn’t because of the bad weather.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yelled with delight as they also took a thrilling jet boat ride on rapids in Queenstown over the weekend.
William and Kate were passengers on the white-knuckle Shotover jet, racing at 75 mph through tiny mountain passes on the Shotover River.
After a donning lifejackets and undertaking a safety briefing, the couple and their entourage enjoyed a half hour, breath-taking ride.
Their driver, Wayne Paton took them perilously close to boulders, shallows and upturned trees during the nerve-jangling journey.
Much anticipated: Several eagled-eyed royal watchers lined the streets brandishing British flags and taking photos of the couple
Signature look: Kate accentuated her eyes with a signature application of heavy black eyeliner
Mr Paton,43, who has driven the jet boats for 12 years, said: ‘William kept on shouting at me “go closer, Wayne, go closer'”. Kate was amazed that the boats could go over such shallow water but the prince was very knowledgeable about how they worked.
‘They screamed and shouted at some of the more hair-raising bits and seemed to have a great time.’
The Shotover Jet has been a major tourist attraction in the Queenstown area, a mecca for thrillseekers worldwide, since the 1970s.
The royal couple beamed with excitement as they passed just inches from the sides of the ravine at breathtaking speed and span through 360 degree turns with the daredevil Duke urging the boat’s pilot to go even closer.
Taking flight: The 32-year-old and her husband jetted out of Queenstown earlier in the morning
The Shotover Jet, the aquatic equivalent of rallying, takes passengers through a four-mile stretch of the Shotover river near Queenstown on South Island.
Tellingly, passengers are advised not to go on the boat rides if they are pregnant, suggesting the Duchess, who also drank wine at a vineyard visit earlier in the day, is not planning another baby just yet, despite a teasing comment from the Duke the previous day.
After changing into showerproof tops and donning lifejackets in a changing area, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats.
They waved for souvenir photographs – which were given to them afterwards – and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.
Weary travellers: It wouldn’t be surprising if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were a little on the weary side after their big day of activities the day before
Lots to talk about: The Duchess chatted to her husband as they made their way up the stairs of their private plane
Before getting in the boat the Duchess was presented with a posy by Maggie Langford, five, whose father Martin works for Ngai Tahu Tourism, owner of the Shotover Jet.
When they got off the boat they met children from Arrowtown Primary School, where the Duke had been due to visit in 2005 when his aircraft was unable to land because of fog.
Joelle Healey, the teacher who accompanied the children, said: ‘William promised that he would come back some time, and when he knew he was coming to this area he asked to meet us.
‘The Duchess was talking to me about the boat ride, she said she loved it, and would recommend it to anyone.’
Mrs Healey gave the Duchess six children’s books by local authors as a gift for Prince George.
As the royal couple spoke to the children, the Duke said: ‘Have you been on the boat? When they said it was fast I didn’t realise it was quite that fast! It got really close to the rocks.’