As they entered Abel Tasman National Park they were greeted by local Maori who performed the traditional powhiri welcome, which incorporates dancing, the blowing of a conch shell and rubbing noses with guests.
Thanking the Maori for the welcome Prince Harry said: “From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here.
The Duke and Duchess were addressed by the local kaumatua, or tribal elder, Barney Thomas.
Mr Thomas said: “There’s two of you now and there will be three of you soon, and I’m sure you’ll be supported.
“We’ve been watching your progress on tour and we wouldn’t want to be Royals.”
During the visit the Duke and Duchess were informed about ongoing conservation work in the Park.
“From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here”
“There’s two of you now and there will be three of you soon”
Prince Harry and a local rub noses in a traditional Maori welcome
They also came across a weka, a small flightless bird known for its cheeky nature.
The Royal couple had been due to plant a tree to mark the occasion, but this was cancelled due to poor weather.
However they did go on to join local schoolchildren for tea and brownies in the marquee.
After the meeting 15-year-old Milan Chapman commented: “They were very nice, chatty and relaxed.”
“They acted very down to earth and they genuinely care about the people and the land”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are undertaking a five day tour of New Zealand
“They acted very down to earth and they genuinely care about the people and the land.”
After tea the Royals posed for a group photo and were handed a number of gifts.
These included a painting of three Tui, a local bird, by artist Robin Slow representing them and their unborn child.