17 Mar 2015

Prince Harry to visit NZ

4:01 pm on 17 March 2015

Prince Harry is to visit New Zealand for the first time.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry Photo: AFP

Prime Minister John Key said Prince Harry would visit in May after a four-week secondment with the Australian Defence Force.

Details of the visit will be released closer to his arrival.

Mr Key said he was thrilled New Zealand would have the opportunity to welcome the prince, who is the grandson and fourth-in-line to Queen Elizabeth II.

"He's very popular around the world, he's a fine young man - I've met him on a couple of occasions but I don't know him nearly as well as I know his brother, so it'll be great to have him in New Zealand," he said.

"He's going to travel around New Zealand; there'll be lots of opportunities for New Zealanders to get to meet him, hopefully."

Prince Harry's visit will follow a tour by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, last year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touch down in Wellington with Prince George.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touch down in Wellington with Prince George. Photo: GETTY

Fans waiting at The Viaduct.

Fans wait to see Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Olivia Wix

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