Prince Harry Visits New Zealand, Day Two

  May 10, 2015 at 7:47 am by

The second day of his visit to New Zealand saw Prince Harry get up close and personal with a 118 year old tuatara named Henry.

Prince Harry was able to hold the reptile – a creature native to and only found in New Zealand – while at Invercargill Airport before departing for Stewart Island, the southern-most community of New Zealand. Harry seemed a little apprehensive at first about holding the tuatara, but soon broke into a grin.

Upon arriving shortly after on the island, which has a population of 400, the Prince was greeted by a number of cheering locals, and spent some time speaking with them before heading inside the community centre where he was shown some pieces from the island’s museum and was shown how to shuck a Bluff oyster.

Later in the afternoon, Harry accompanied rangers from the Department of Conservation on a hike on Ulva Island, a predator-free wildlife sanctuary. According to the rangers, Harry was “quite taken with the little robins” he encountered during the hike. The Prince has yet to fulfil his wish of seeing a kiwi.

The Prince ended his day with a church service and attending the weekly Sunday night pub quiz at ‘the local’ on Stewart Island.

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