Prince George Sets Off on First Official Tour
He arrives in New Zealand with Prince William, Kate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:01 AM CDT
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland)

(Newser) – Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of a three-week tour today, and they brought Prince George along—it's the eight-month-old's first official tour, the BBC reports, and just the second time he's faced the media. The royal family's first stop: Government House, the governor general's official residence. There they were met by Maori warriors and received a traditional Maori welcome (a nose-press called a "hongi") from Maori elders. They were also greeted by an honor guard and a 21-gun salute, and children from local schools, the Telegraph reports. They won't, however, be meeting with the Maori king.