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Cost of the Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George to New Zealand in 2014

The 10-day visit in April to New Zealand of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George covered eight centres: Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Wellington, Blenheim, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

The Royal visit was the first to New Zealand for the Duchess and Prince George and included the Prince’s first official function outside of the UK: a reception for Plunket parents and their babies.

A unique feature of the Visit was the worldwide media interest in Their Royal Highnesses, with some 120 foreign and 320 domestic media accredited for the Visit.

The provisional expenditure for the visit of $1,035,000 is consistent with the cost of previous Royal visits taking into account the duration and itinerary.

A breakdown of the costs incurred by the Department of Internal Affairs is detailed below:

Personnel Cost$425,000
International Travel$102,000
Domestic Air travel$81,000
Accommodation, Meals and Other Travel Related Costs$132,000
Vehicle Hire$108,000
Government Hospitality$89,000
General Operating Costs (including security)$98,000

It should be noted that costs have been rounded. Some costs have not yet been brought to charge but have been accounted for in the figures above. It is possible that some small costs may yet come in that have not been accounted for.