Bad weather lashed Wellington on Monday morning, forcing the Royal New Zealand Air Force to consider landing at Ohakea and motorcade into the city.
But the royal family arrived 20 minutes late after a fleeting stop in Sydney and were greeted by an eager 70-strong New Zealand and international media pack.
In a scarlet coat and hat, and black shoes, a smiling Kate wore a silver fern diamond brooch and carried the cheerful Prince George off the plane.
He was wearing a cream jumper and white shorts despite the chilly Wellington weather, while William wore a navy suit.
They had changed completely from the clothes they were seen in during their brief stop in Sydney.
The royal family were greeted off the plane by Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh, whom they chatted to briefly.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, her husband Alistair Nicholson and a representative from the Governor-General, Commander Richard Walker, rounded out the welcome party.
The public weren’t allowed at the airport and were forced to brave the weather for a glimpse of the royals as they drove around Wellington’s bays to a welcoming ceremony at Government House.