Dutch royals welcomed to New Zealand

Dutch royals welcomed to New Zealand

Dutch royals King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were officially welcomed on their state visit to New Zealand, at a formal ceremony at Government House on Monday morning.

The couple have been to New Zealand before, having spent their honeymoon here in 2002.

This time the weather wasn't so nice - instead it was raining hard and even led King Willem-Alexander to quip about it.

"Next time we come back, make sure the weather is good," he said.

But the King was still pleased, thanking those who turned out for the "beautiful welcome".

Despite the gloomy skies around 100 people turned up to see the royals at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where they lay a wreath.

The royals are mainly here to help bolster economic ties with New Zealand, and will meet with Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Andrew Little at Parliament on Monday afternoon.

Other activities planned out for their day in Wellington include a visit to Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition, and a trip Park Road Post, a film production facility in Miramar.

They will attend a state dinner at Government House on Monday evening, and will be visiting Christchurch on Tuesday and Auckland on Wednesday.