Royal fever has come to the lands down under with the visit of Prince William to New Zealand. Prince William arrived in Auckland on January 17, 2010 and promptly began a round of engagements in his first official overseas trip on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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On his first day, Prince William visited Eden Park, which is undergoing renovations in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Auckland’s Mayor John Banks and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key joined him at the Park. The prince got a chance to demonstrate his rugby skills during a pickup game with  members of the Pakarunga under 10 rugby team.

In the afternoon, the royal boarded the America’s Cup yacht NZL40 at the Waitemata Harbour to take a sail around Auckland (photo above). And he wasn’t just a passenger too. Prince William took the helm from Team NZ skipper and America’s Cup yachtsman Dean Barker during the sail.

Prince William finished his first day as a guest of honor at a hangi. The traditional Maori feast involves food cooked using heated rocks inside a pit oven. Governor General of New Zealand Anand Satayanad hosted the feast at the Government House in Auckland.

Prince William will be in New Zealand until January 19, 2010, after which he will go to Australia.

Check out the video and gallery photos below for more details on Prince William’s first day in NZ!

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