TODAY   |  April 12, 2014

Royal fever in New Zealand as crowds welcome Prince Will and Duchess Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing their overseas tour of New Zealand, and kicked off a busy weekend in an event that drew huge crowds in a small town. NBC’s Chapman Bell reports.

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>>> will and kate are continuing their tour of new zealand and so while they're at work, baby george is back with the nanny. spending some time on causes that are close to their hearts. royal fever. the duke and duchess of cambridge visiting cambridge, new zealand , small agricultural town filld with fans from across the country.

>> the biggest crowd, i think.

>> reporter: crowds braved a bit of rain as will and kate arrived to pay their respects at a war memorial . it was a busy day for the royal couple. william toured an aircraft factory while kate toured. opening a new cycling facility. but in the town of their namesake, they thrilled the crowd. about 15,000 people lined the streets to get a glimpse of will and kate . some actually got to meet them. what did they say?

>> william asked us about our hats and kate said she quite liked our hats as well.

>> reporter: those prince george didn't make an appearance today, back with his nanny, he still had plenty of fans in the crowd. his first royal engagement is still the talk of the country and the world. it's been a whirlwind week for the royal couple as they continue to win the hearts of the people of new zealand . for "today," chapman bell, auckland, new zealand .