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PHOTOS: Will & Kate have a busy weekend down under

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The Cambridges take New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a wildly varied weekend that included riding the rapids, a wine tasting, a visit to a children's hospice and more.

Will and Kate kept busy down under over the weekend with a packed schedule full of royal activities — and lots of wardrobe changes.

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The Cambridges take New Zealand
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First up was a trip to the town of Hamilton, where Wills trotted off to Pacific Aerospace and Kate spent time at Rainbow Place, a local children's hospice.

Wearing a kelly green Erdem coat over a green tea dress by Suzannah, Kate later reunited with her hubby for a meet-and-greet walkabout through the town of Cambridge.

The Cambridges take New Zealand
Photo credit: WENN

The next day proved even busier. The royal couple attended Palm Sunday services in Dunedin, where they were welcomed by representatives of the local Ngai Tahu tribe with the traditional hongi, or nose-rubbing greeting. The Duchess donned a teal Emilia Wickstead dress with a pleated skirt and matching bespoke Jane Taylor hat.

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The Cambridges take New Zealand
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After church the pair headed over to the local rugby arena, where Kate changed into her trusty skinny jeans and a Jonathan Saunders waffle knit sweater to help coach a contact-free children's team in a loss against Will's team — possible retribution for Will's loss against Kate in a pair of yacht races earlier in the trip.

The Cambridges take New Zealand
Photo credit: WENN

Their daily dose of sporting done, the couple hopped over to Queensland where they imbibed in a little local vino. The wine-tasting event at Amisfield Winery helped Will and Kate put rumors of a spare heir to rest again as Kate was photographed taking a sip, then riding the rapids on the Shotover River — both activities highly discouraged for pregnant women. For this fun side trip, Kate changed her clothes yet again, leaving on those skinny jeans but trading the sweater for a blue-and-white checked shirt from the Gap and the navy Zara blazer we saw her in earlier in the trip.

The Cambridges take New Zealand
Photo credit: SIPA/

Monday saw a bit more fun for the royals, including more competition. This time Will and Kate headed to Christchurch, where they met with families who lost loved ones in the area's devastating 2011 earthquake. The pair then joined local children on the cricket pitch as part of the countdown to the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in the town. Poor Kate was almost nailed in the head by one of William's pitches while wearing a recycled red Luisa Spagnoli suit.

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After an exhausting weekend, the couple is taking today off but will return to their whirlwind tour tomorrow with visits to the Royal New Zealand Police College, the signing of the visitor's book in Wellington, a flight to Sidney, Australia, and a reception at the famed Sidney Opera House.

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