New Plymouth had to wait two extra hours for its brush with royalty after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's flight was delayed by fog.
The royal couple, who arrived in New Zealand on 4 November, arrived in the early afternoon following the delay.
Their first event in New Plymouth was Tea with Taranaki, a garden party with 500 invited guests at Brooklands Park.
Every year Tibbeth Smith, 80, sends Prince Charles a birthday card and a Christmas greeting.
At the garden party, she finally got to meet her idol - and also managed to get a hug as well as a kiss.
"He gave me a peck on the cheek," she said.
"I told Camilla about all of the letters and she said it was nice to be able to put a face to the name," Ms Smith said.
"I gave her a big hug too. It was absolutely wonderful."
Prince shown coastal walkway, dairy farm
The couple then split up, with the duchess visiting the Len Lye Centre and the prince taking a stroll on New Plymouth's coastal walkway and visiting the Trewithen Dairy Farm in Tikorangi.
The Prince of Wales was welcomed onto Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, over the Waiwhakaiho River, by members of hapu Ngati Tawhirikura.
The prince was told about the history of the land and its people, and the river's use in activities such as whitebaiting and fishing.
Afterwards, he met members of the Taranaki Race Walking team and shook hands with one of the oldest in the group, 91-year-old Ivor Ellis.
He also met two Opunake High School students, staff involved in the Enviroschools programme and pupils from Toko School, spending a few minutes chatting with each group.
Close to 100 people turned up to see the prince during his walkabout, including New Plymouth's Alistair Glennie, who handed the royal a packet of pumpkin seeds as a gift.
After his close encounter with the future king, the 11-year-old said he wanted to give him a present and knew Prince Charles had a love of gardening.
The couple then left for Auckland, where the prince met with Labour leader Andrew Little and Prime Minister John Key. The royals will leave for Australia on Tuesday.