Royal Visit 2019

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On Saturday 23rd November, His Royal Highness Prince Charles is visiting Kaikōura.

The visit is an opportunity to put Kaikōura on the world-stage, celebrate stories, innovations and people from across the District, and focus attention on the bright future our community is working towards. Many thanks to all those involved in the visit for helping to put together a truly special day for the Prince and for our District.

Traffic information

For security reasons, several road closures and parking restrictions are needed.

This includes closing West End and parts of the Esplanade road and the West End,  I-Site and Point Kean car parks.

Temporary bus stops will be set up on SH1 close to the town centre. 

Anyone planning on coming into town on Saturday 23rd is encouraged to walk or cycle wherever possible. 

Download a map of the closures and town centre parking restrictions 

Things to see and do:

Royal walk – West End, early afternoon Saturday 23rd

Prince Charles will be taking a guided stroll along West End in the early afternoon.

The walk will  include a performance from Suburban school, recognition for emergency services, volunteer groups and some of those who played key roles in the earthquake response and highlight work to counter youth suicide and violence against women.

All are welcome, please note road closures, crowd control and security measures will be in place.  

The Future is Bright – Memorial Hall 3pm-5pm Saturday

Come and see the story of Kaikōura's past, present and future through displays, objects, images, videos and the people involved.

Download the programme for the event

Memorial Hall from approximately 3pm - 5pm Saturday 23 November. Free sausage sizzle thanks the New Zealand Red Cross 

The recent ‘past’: The story of the 14 November 2016 magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The effects of the quake on our people, land and wildlife and how the community came together in response. Photography from local artists, an interactive ruamoko exhibit, whale bones and image and videos from the SH1 road and rail rebuilld.

The ‘present’: Celebrating sustainability and the innovations and passions that shape our community. The stories behind our authors, artists and small businesses. Check out a surfboard made from materials reclaimed from earthquake damaged homes, costumes made from recycled materials, displays of cheese, mead, lavender, coffee and olive oil and a real life llama (no spitting on the Prince!).

The ‘future’: Explore what the future holds, or may hold for Kaikōura, and the projects, people and dreams shaping our future. Find out about the new car musuem, Sudima hotel, Mayfair Theatre, Community Pool, and proposed cycle way, check out innovations that are saving our seabirds and our environment and see what our youth think our future should be.

Come and see how bright our future could be!

21 November 2019