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Live blog: Prince Harry visits Stewart Island

Live updates from Prince Harry's visit to Stewart Island.

7.00pm: Prince Harry has arrived for Stewart Island's pub quiz.

#PrinceHarry arrives for Stewart Island's Sunday night pub quiz #RoyalTourNZ @ONENewsNZ pic.twitter.com/odu6P1tvnQ

— Rebecca Edwards (@rebeccajane_nz) May 10, 2015

5.15pm: While he didn't come across a kiwi as he had earlier revealed was the top of his New Zealand bucket list, the unspoiled rainforest turned on a treat for its royal visitor, who was notably impressed by his surroundings.

Barely a minute after stepping onto the island, he was greeted by a weka.

The charismatic prince also met members of a family which has owned a portion of the island for almost a century, joking that the two sisters at the end of the family line would have to "fight it out" to claim ownership.

He described them as being "very lucky" to lay claim to a part of the world as picturesque as Ulva Island.

4.15pm: Prince Harry has taken a ferry to predator-free Ulva Island where he is being guided around and talks about the importance of conservation.

DOC Ranger Phred Dobbins shows #PrinceHarry how one of the rat traps works. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/jeRqdllDd9

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 10, 2015

3.00pm: Harry talks to a protestor about the flag and Maori rights.

1.31pm: The prince has spent some time checking out the local kai at the Stewart Island Community Centre.

He even shucked an oyster before a crowd of watching locals.

Earlier, the prince was given a tuatara to hold - an experience that seemed to momentarily unnerve him.

He also met up with Stewart Island healthcare workers, and spoke about local fundraising efforts.

#PrinceHarry shucks an oyster! #StewartIsland #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/lV6syJxwZc

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 10, 2015

1.25pm: Prince Harry has met some Stewart Island royalty - a dog named Blue Royal Lola.

He's also seen met a number of the locals, including this girl, who nabbed a picture with the visiting prince.

@GovGeneralNZ: A lucky little girl gets her picture taken with #PrinceHarry on #StewartIsland. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/NlTWhVBV5X

— British Royal Family (@TRH_BritRoyals) May 10, 2015

12.55pm: A relaxed Prince Harry has greeted Stewart Island locals with a warm handshakes and a joke.

Upon meeting a row of six ladies he says "such a small community, is this all of you?"

He shook the hand of one lady who's been waiting 20 minutes to see him and said "gosh you've freezing hands. Sorry we were late, we got held up"

@ONENewsNZ @rebeccajane_nz cheeky prince greets locals with joke" such a small community, is this all of u?!" pic.twitter.com/3UtzjrnCSU

— Renee Graham (@renee_tvnz) May 10, 2015

12.35pm: The prince is making himself at home. 

@ONENewsNZ @rebeccajane_nz prince Harry arrives with locals! pic.twitter.com/0hCkyr2oPL

— Renee Graham (@renee_tvnz) May 10, 2015

12.25pm: Prince Harry has been welcomed to Stewart Island and is now meeting the locals.

#PrinceHarry is welcomed to #StewartIsland! #RoyalTourNZ pic.twitter.com/NS621mKuxU

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 10, 2015

Talking to the #StewartIsland locals, finding out about the local museum. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/N2fzvrr1BB

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 10, 2015

12.05pm: A crowd of adoring fans gave Prince Harry a loud welcome to Southland.

The 30-year-old royal stopped in Invercargill on his way to Stewart Island this morning.

He was greeted at the airport by Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt and a crowd of about 300 screaming and sign-waving fans.

The prince stopped to greet the crowd and take some selfies before boarding a helicopter for Stewart Island.

Harry's visit follows a month-long military secondment in Australia.

Prince Harry soaked up local sites, cuisine and pub culture on Stewart Island today. Source: 1 NEWS


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