Prince Harry thrills New Zealand

2015-05-10 11:08
Britain's Prince Harry  talks to manager Brent Beaven at Sydney Cove on Ulva Island in New Zealand. ( AFP pool)

Britain's Prince Harry talks to manager Brent Beaven at Sydney Cove on Ulva Island in New Zealand. ( AFP pool)

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Stewart Island - Britain's Prince Harry showed off his "down-to-earth" side on Sunday, shucking oysters and talking rugby as he ventured to the southernmost populated island of New Zealand.

About a quarter of the 378 residents of Stewart Island, including some of its eligible young women, managed to get up close to the royal bachelor as he casually mingled with locals on the remote outpost.

One of the youngest members in the crowd was 12-year-old Angus Kenny, who described Harry as "more down-to-earth than I thought he would be", adding that meeting the prince was "pretty cool".

As Harry was taught how to shuck oysters, a speciality seafood in the region, he impressed with his expectation that defending champions New Zealand will again make the Rugby World Cup finals this year while adding that his England team were also "very good".

Flightless bird

Harry revealed that at the top of his wishlist in the conservation region was to meet a live kiwi, the native bird that is one of the most prominent symbols of New Zealand, but he was to be disappointed.

On a side trip to the nearby pest-free island sanctuary of Ulva the prince was treated to a getaway among plants and wildlife not seen anywhere else in the world.

He saw a rare weka, another flightless bird, and although there was no sign of any kiwis, the prince was impressed with his surroundings.

"It's a beautiful place, it really is," he said.

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