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Auckland's turn to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan as royal tour continues

It's Aucklanders' turn to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as the royal couple sample northern hospitality after their visit to the capital.

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Crossing the Cook Strait, the royals talked mental health, conservation and met a cheeky weka on the beach. Source: 1 NEWS

Late this morning Prince Harry and Meghan will visit Redvale on the North Shore to dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. 

After unveiling the plaque, the Duke and Duchess will hear more about the ecological importance of the native bush, before joining children from the 'Trees in Survival' group in a gumboot-throwing contest.

In the afternoon it's off to South Auckland where the royal couple will join Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a visit to Pillars, a nationwide charity that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes.

It'll be late afternoon when their royal highnesses go on a public walkabout at Viaduct Harbour.

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The Duchess of Sussex applauded her husband’s efforts from a safe distance. Source: 1 NEWS

Tonight the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, including cultural performances and entertainment by members of Auckland's Pasifika community.

The guests  at the reception will be predominantly young people in the 17 to 25 age group who are making significant contributions to the wellbeing of their communities and are seen as representing the future of New Zealand.

On their last full day in New Zealand, on Wednesday, their royal highnesses will name two young kiwi chicks at the Rainbow Springs and visit the Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua, before leaving the country on Thursday.

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The royals met some interesting characters in Wellington tonight. Source: 1 NEWS