31 Oct 2018

Huge crowds for Harry and Meghan in Rotorua

6:16 pm on 31 October 2018

Huge crowds have turned out in Rotorua to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on the last day of their New Zealand tour.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are, welcomed to Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are, welcomed to Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

The Royal couple went on a public walkabout at Government Gardens, where crowds waiting behind the barriers were three or four deep.

A group of children performed an impromptu haka when they saw Prince Harry and others squealed with excitement as her and his wife Meghan walked past.

One little girl was allowed past the barriers to give the duchess a hug.

Grace Collins, 18, said it was worth the three hour wait to see them.

"Oh my god, she is gorgeous," she said, referring to the duchess.

Four young boys got a good spot to see them - climbing a tree.

One, DJ Katia, said he had been waiting up the tree for just over an hour.

His mum, Trudy, said her son had a good idea.

Janine Colenso presented Meghan with a framed miniature korowai intended for her baby.

She said it was tradition to give them away and before the couple arrived she was hopeful she would take it.

Cam and Sophie McKinnon, from Tauranga, were hoping for a second look at the couple after they and their family had previously got "four good handshakes" from Meghan.

"She looked very royal considering she hasn't been doing this that long," said Mr McKinnon.

Debbie Whare and Reta Mutua had been waiting since 10am to see the couple and had a fluffy kiwi toy to give Meghan and Harry.

- Pool