Royal tour: Prince Charles and Camilla taste local wine, do arts and crafts, listen to Bob Marley

Community and sustainability were the themes of the day for the start of the royal tour. 

After touching down in Auckland on Sunday, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall spent Monday visiting businesses and community centres across the city.

It was a grey day in Auckland, but locals brought the colour to Mt Roskill.

"I have met him once before and I shook his hand, so I'm hoping for a double today," said one enthused local.

Around 50 people gathered for a wreath laying ceremony, flags and all. The skies cleared up just in time for a very royal welcome and a chance to reflect.

There was a brief break from formality, the couple offering a few waves and some quick handshakes - much to the delight of some fans.

"I shook his hand and then he said it was lovely to see the Welsh flag," said one local.

"Yeah it was cool, I spoke to him in Welsh and then he answered back," said another.

The Royals were whisked away next door to the Wesley Community Centre. The Duchess did arts and crafts with local kids while Charles rolled up his sleeves for some T-shirt making, before spending time in the local radio studio - where he requested Bob Marley's 'One Love'.

It was then off to 'Critical Design' where the Prince was shown innovative waste reduction technology, which turns plastic rubbish into usable products. He even got his hands dirty and gave it a go. 

After working up an appetite, the Royals stopped by Waimauku's Hunting Lodge Winery. They tasted local wine, were taught about sustainable 'paddock to table' practices and even created their own special wine blend. 

While much of Monday's events were held behind closed doors, members of the public will be able to get up close and personal with the Prince and the Duchess on a public walkabout on Tuesday in Auckland's Viaduct.