Stewart Islanders are praising Prince Harry as being a down-to-earth good guy after a community expo thrown in his honour.
Prince Harry arrived for 24 hours on the island by helicopter at midday on day two of a week-long New Zealand tour.
Prince Harry has joined the weekly Stewart Island quiz night.
He arrived just as the quiz questions were starting at 6.30pm at the South Sea Hotel on the Oban foreshore.
Prince Harry has joined a team with Southland mayor, Gary Tong, and is laughing and joking.
All the questions and the hotel's specials board have a royal theme this evening and the hotel's main bars are full.
Earlier Prince Harry toured the Stewart Island community centre where about 80 people from 10 community groups were gathered to meet him.
Locals had set up stalls displaying aspects of island life, from fishing produce to history to sports.
However, some locals were left scratching their heads after the prince tried his hand at shucking a Bluff oyster, but would not eat it.
Everyone spoken to by Radio New Zealand said they were impressed by Harry's down-to-earth manner and natural approach.
Outside the centre another 100 people gathered to catch a glimpse of him.
Southland District mayor Gary Tong walked Prince Harry into the centre and around the stalls of 10 community groups, including the bowls club and land search and rescue.
Prince Harry's visit to Stewart Island comes more than 60 years after his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, visited Invercargill and Bluff when they came on a royal tour in 1954.
With a population of 378 the island had almost a quarter of its residents inside the centre.
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Community centre treasurer Chris Sara said it was not often people get the chance to shake the hand of royalty.
"A quarter of the population has probably shaken his hand now."
Sara was excited to get home to his wife and tell her about meeting him.
"I'll go home and shake my wife's hand, I'll ask her what part of her she wants me to touch."
Angus Kenny, 12, from the island's bowling club said the prince was not as he expected, but casual, as if you had bumped into him on the street.
Nic Adlan, of Stewart Island Smoked Salmon, said speaking to him was awesome.
"He was just so lovely and open it was just like talking to one of your own kids really."
Prince Harry's last engagement of the day is a private service at St Andrew's Anglican Church.
The 30-year-old prince left Wellington for Invercargill and Stewart Island this morning after a welcome fit for a rock star in the capital.
He arrived in the country yesterday afternoon and was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister John Key.
The prince then travelled to a ceremony at Government House, causing big traffic delays, and laid a wreath at the National War Memorial.
He spent the evening watching the Hurricanes beat the Sharks at Westpac Stadium.
Afterwards, he received a Hurricanes-branded baby onesie for his niece, the newborn Princess Charlotte, from the team captain, Conrad Smith.
The prince will also visit Christchurch, Whanganui and Auckland.
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