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The following Sunday, Kate and Wills will leave baby George in the care of a nanny while they take a trip to Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island. Here, the couple will be greeted by representatives of the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe before attending a service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul. Then it’s off to watch and play in a Rippa Rugby tournament with local youngsters and All Blacks players.

More to see: New Zealand's oldest university city offers an interesting mix of Victorian and Edwardian architecture with contemporary culture, and thanks to its compact size is easy to get around. When you’ve taken in the city’s rich heritage, including Speight’s Brewery, the Gasworks Museum and Larnach Castle, treat yourself to a day of wildlife spotting. Dunedin is home to rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony.

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A royal time in New Zealand and AustraliaFollow in Prince George’s footsteps with a tour of New Zealand and Australia.Follow in Prince George’s footsteps with a tour of New Zealand and Australia.Rachel Burge2014-03-04T15:15:002014-03-06T11:45:00 trueTake our royal tour of New Zealand and AustraliaThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be taking Prince George on his first royal tour when they visit New Zealand and Australia this April. They and their 11 staff (including a nanny and Kate’s personal hairdresser), will spend three weeks touring some of the best-loved cities and tourist attractions in the two Commonwealth countries.Whether you’ve been to Australia and New Zealand before or – like Kate and George – it’s your first time, our 'royal tour' is sure to inspire you.Click through the images to read our recommendations... topTake our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Take our royal tour of New Zealand and Australia - 1(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington The royal tour kicks off on Monday 7 April, when the Duke and Duchess and Prince George touchdown in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. After a traditional ceremonial welcome the royals will pose for an official photo at Government House. George (who will be eight months old by then) may even get to crawl around the same lawns where his dad, Prince William, was photographed at the age of 10 months with his parents on a similar tour in 1983.More to see: Located at the southern end of the North Island, between its sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington boasts a glorious sandy beach as well as some great art galleries, theatres and museums. (Don’t miss Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum, on the waterfront.) For stunning views of the city, take the little red cable car to Kelburn, where you can also stroll around the beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens.topRoyal tour: Wellington - 2Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Wellington  - 2(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland The young royal family fly into Auckland on Friday 11 April, where they will meet and greet serving air force personnel at Whenaupai before the duke and duchess go head-to-head in a yacht race around Auckland harbour. After racing against each other in state-of-the art ‘his and hers’ Team New Zealand America's Cup yachts, they will board a Sealegs craft for a visit to West Park Marina.More to see: Most visitors to NZ start their adventure in Auckland, the country’s largest and most multicultural city. While thrill-seekers tend to head to Queenstown on the South Island, Auckland has thrills of its own. If yacht racing isn’t for you, there’s always jet boating, sea-kayaking or bungee jumping off Auckland Harbour Bridge. Not to mention the vertigo-inducing Auckland Sky Tower and SkyWalk, with a sheer 192-metre drop on either side. topRoyal tour: Auckland - 3Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Auckland  - 3(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin The following Sunday, Kate and Wills will leave baby George in the care of a nanny while they take a trip to Dunedin, the second-largest city on the South Island. Here, the couple will be greeted by representatives of the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe before attending a service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul. Then it’s off to watch and play in a Rippa Rugby tournament with local youngsters and All Blacks players.More to see: New Zealand's oldest university city offers an interesting mix of Victorian and Edwardian architecture with contemporary culture, and thanks to its compact size is easy to get around. When you’ve taken in the city’s rich heritage, including Speight’s Brewery, the Gasworks Museum and Larnach Castle, treat yourself to a day of wildlife spotting. Dunedin is home to rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world's only mainland albatross colony. topRoyal tour: Dunedin - 4Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Dunedin  - 4(©Getty Images)Royal tour: QueenstownAfter their trip to Dunedin, the young royals will fly to Queenstown. There they will visit the Amisfield vineyard and sample local wines (no doubt including the pinot noir for which the area is famed) and artisan food. Then it’s time for more high-speed thrills, as the duke and duchess enjoy a white-water rafting ride through the canyons of the Shotover river.More to see: New Zealand has been a mecca for thrill-seekers for years, and nowhere delivers an adrenaline-rush quite like Queenstown. But if you’d rather take things more slowly, there are plenty of things to see and do in the beautiful Central Otago scenery that don’t involve hurtling along at 50mph. Tour the dramatic mountains and beautiful lakes by car, bike or horse, relax in a Japanese-style hot pool or visit world-class wineries and gold mines.topRoyal tour: Queenstown - 5Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Queenstown - 5(©Getty Images)Royal tour: ChristchurchOn Monday 14 April, the duke and duchess will travel to Christchurch, where 185 people lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake. After a traditional Ngai Tahu welcome, the couple will tour the central business area, which was worst hit by the disaster, and view the city’s rebuilding work and regeneration plans. Later that same day, they will join an event to celebrate the coming of the 2015 Cricket World Cup to the area.More to see: While the central business area and some eastern suburbs of the city have suffered earthquake damage, on-going regeneration work has restored many of the buildings and there is still much to see and do in the ‘gateway to the south’. Relax in the many lovely gardens and public spaces, such as the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park, or explore the area and go swimming with dolphins, watch whales or visit a glacier iceberg. topRoyal tour: Christchurch - 6Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Christchurch - 6(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney Saying goodbye to NZ, the young royal family land in Sydney on Wednesday 16 April. First stop, the Opera House. After attending an official reception, the couple will take a boat across the harbour to Admiralty House, which they will call home for the next few days. Among the many official engagements, it’s hoped that baby George will accompany his parents on a trip to Taronga Zoo, who named their bilby (a type of marsupial) enclosure after the young prince.More to see: Whether you’ve got your own little prince (or princess in tow) or not, Tarongo Zoo is well worth a visit. The 75-hectare site is home to more than 4,000 animals kept in natural open spaces, including the stars of the show – kangaroos and koala bears. Located a short (12-minute) ferry ride from Circular Quay or a short drive from Manly, the zoo is a must for small kids and big kids alike. topRoyal tour: Sydney - 7Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Sydney  - 7(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue MountainsThe following day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to the Blue Mountains to meet some of the families affected by the recent bushfires. Located 65km inland from Sydney, the area is a paradise of eucalyptus trees, canyons, cliffs and waterfalls, earning it a place on the Unesco world heritage list in 2000, and making it one of Australia’s most popular bushwalking destinations.More to see: While many travellers visit the Blue Mountains in a single day, staying overnight, or preferably two nights, will give you a chance to explore the beauty of the area. Some of the best views include the Evans and Govetts Leap lookouts near Blackheath and Echo Point in Katoomba. You’ll also want time to explore a few of the pretty towns, such as Blackheath and Leura, and visit some of the area’s many excellent restaurants. topRoyal tour: Blue Mountains - 8Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Blue Mountains - 8(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru (Ayers Rock)William and Kate get to enjoy a little alone time when they visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) on Tuesday 22 April, while the nanny again takes care of little George. After meeting with Aborigines, the couple will attend a ceremony welcoming them to the country and will then meet up with a local guide to visit the legendary rock itself. The day ends with afternoon tea in the company of the chief minister of the Northern Territory.More to see: Uluru is a must-see for many travellers to Oz, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. Although many people whizz through the area in a single day, there is enough to see and do to make a one- or two-night stop worthwhile. However, accommodation doesn’t come cheap. There is only one place to stay – the Ayers Rock Resort in the Yulara village – which, as you might expect charges premium prices for the privilege. topRoyal tour: Uluru Ayers Rock - 9Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Uluru  Ayers Rock  - 9(©Getty Images)Royal tour: AdelaideAfter an overnight stay in Uluru, the couple will fly to Adelaide in South Australia to visit the suburb of Elizabeth, named after the Queen. Here they will visit a music studio for young people and watch a skate-boarding demonstration. The couple’s day ends with a reception hosted by the governor and the premier of South Australia.More to see: One of Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit in 2014, Adelaide is often over-shadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, but is well worth a visit – especially if your trip happens to coincide with festival time. Running from February to March, the Adelaide art and fringe festival is the largest in the southern hemisphere and brings together theatre, dance, music and visual arts – offering plenty of opportunities for visitors to get involved. topRoyal tour: Adelaide - 10Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Adelaide - 10(©Getty Images)Royal tour: CanberraThe royal tour ends in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Here the couple will visit the National Portrait Gallery and then Parliament House for a reception hosted by the prime minister, Tony Abbott. Later that afternoon, Wills and Kate will plant a tree at the new National Arboretum and meet local children before attending a reception at Government House. On the final day of their tour the couple will be present at the annual Anzac Day march and commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial.More to see: Canberra may not be a must-see for most travellers to Oz but the city may just surprise you. The neat and tidy capital is famed for its many museums and art galleries and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors right on its doorstep. Bordered by mountains and hills covered in bushland, half of the territory is designated national park or reserve, making it popular with hikers, campers and nature-lovers. topRoyal tour: Canberra - 11Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)Royal tour: Canberra - 11(©Getty Images)

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