Prince Harry gets true southern experience

Putting on some tramping boots, charming the locals and shucking an oyster – it’s all in a day’s work for Prince Harry.


The 30-year-old prince has spent the second day of his New Zealand visit on remote Stewart Island, which has a population of just 400.

There, he had the chance to rub shoulders with locals, learn how to shuck a Bluff oyster and explore a predator-free wilderness.

Dozens of locals turned out to catch a glimpse of the royal visitor as he arrived at the island’s community centre for his first meet-and-greet event.

Local Jill Cox said the royal visit “really put our little island on the world map”.

Inside the community centre, Prince Harry was taught how to shuck a Bluff oyster. However, once he had opened the oyster he opted to give it to someone in the crowd, rather than sample it for himself.

The highlight of the day was the prince’s afternoon on Ulva Island, a predator-free wildlife sanctuary and home to a number of rare and endangered birds.

Prince Harry – who had tramping boots for the occasion – got to explore the island on foot with Department of Conservation rangers and encountered some of the native wildlife including weka, kaka, kakariki and robins.

“He seemed to be quite taken with the little robins, which … if you cleared a bit of ground, they’d come right up and land beside his feet,” DOC services manager Brent Beaven said.

Prince Harry also learnt about the predator eradication measures on the island and how to set a trap.

Once back on the mainland, he attended a private church service at St Andrew’s Anglican Church.

Earlier in the day a big crowd crammed into Invercargill’s tiny airport terminal to welcome the prince when he landed in New Zealand’s southern-most city.

There he met a 100-year-old tuatara named Henry.

Some dedicated royal fans had also arrived at the airport early, staking out their spots.