Glimpsing Royals in Queenstown


The public can catch glimpses of Royal couple Prince William and wife Catherine’s motorcade on Sunday in Queenstown at two areas.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are scheduled to arrive at Queenstown Airport, Frankton, at 2pm on Sunday and be greeted by Mayor Vanessa van Uden. There will not be any opportunity for the public to see them at the airport as they will be exiting directly from the tarmac, not walking through the terminal. 

Their day in Queenstown is an official day off and the pair will be without baby son George for their day and night in the resort.

They will drive directly to Amisfield, passing the Lake Hayes Pavilion, where parking will be available for people who’d like to stand and watch the royal motorcade pass by. Spaces will be reserved for the Wakatipu Senior Citizens’ Association, and additional carparking will be on the grass.

Two entrances to the Lake Hayes reserve will be open on Sunday – the normal entrance to the pavilion and also the access road to the rowing club. Traffic management staff will be on duty to direct vehicles within the reserve area.

The royal couple are scheduled to pass by the pavilion just before 2.15pm.

At 3.15 they are scheduled to depart for Shotover Jet at Arthur’s Point, driving via the Lake Hayes – Arrowtown Road.

The second public viewing area is at the Millbrook Corner, at the intersection of Lake Hayes Road and Malaghan Road, where the couple are scheduled to pass by at about 3.20pm.

People will be able to stand inside the fence at the Millbrook Corner, but there will be no carparking available on the site, or along the roadline. People are advised to park in McDonnell Road and walk along to the Millbrook Corner.

Access to the Shotover River at Arthur’s Point will be restricted on Sunday. Motorists are advised to expect delays of 5-10 minutes at the Edith Cavell Bridge from around 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

Oxenbridge Tunnel Road will be closed to the public, and there will be no vehicle access between Atley Road and Arthur’s point Road.