John Key would 'welcome' a visit by Prince Harry

Prime Minister John Key would be happy to welcome Prince Harry to New Zealand this year, but says nothing has been confirmed.

Prince Harry speaks in Afghanistan

Reports in British media suggest the 30-year-old Prince will visit here some time this year, before ending his active military career to focus on new projects including spending "a significant period abroad" doing charity work in Africa.

He's expected to serve with units in Australia before his time is up, as well as making a visit to New Zealand, although not with the army.

"We would welcome a visit by his royal highness to New Zealand, but nothing has been confirmed at this stage," a spokesperson for the Prime Minister says.

Harry, known as Captain Harry Wales, joined the armed forces 10 years ago and has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

But he is now keen to pursue interests in "conservation and wildlife" as well as assisting injured servicemen.

Kensington Palace is yet to confirm the Prince's plans.