Queen Elizabeth II visited New Zealand ten times during her reign. On these visits, Her Majesty came to know more about New Zealand and its people. Many New Zealanders will remember meeting or seeing the Queen on one of her visits.
Below is a list of the visits the Queen made to New Zealand.
23 December 1953 – 31 January 1954: This was the first time a reigning sovereign had set foot in New Zealand. The Queen toured 46 towns or cities and attended 110 functions. In her Christmas message broadcast from Auckland, Her Majesty paid tribute to the victims of the Tangiwai railway disaster.
6-18 February 1963: The Queen attended celebrations at Waitangi. The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) was renamed in her honour.
12-30 March 1970: The Queen participated in the commemorations marking 200 years since Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour visited New Zealand. On this visit she introduced the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne to New Zealand and began the Royal ‘walk-about.’
30 January – 8 February 1974: The Queen attended the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and New Zealand Day events at Waitangi.
22 February – 7 March 1977: As part of a Commonwealth tour to mark the Queen's Silver (25th) Jubilee, the Queen visited 11 centres in New Zealand. The Queen opened the Executive Wing building (the Beehive) at Parliament in Wellington.
12-20 October 1981: This visit followed a Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne.
22 February – 2 March 1986: This visit was an extension of visits to Nepal and Australia. The Queen visited six centres around New Zealand.
1-16 February 1990: The Queen closed the Commonwealth Games in Auckland and took part in events marking 150 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
1-10 November 1995: The Queen attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Auckland and opened the refurbished Parliament Buildings.
22-27 February 2002: The Queen visited New Zealand as part of the commemoration of her Golden (50th) Jubilee.
In 1974 the Queen also visited the Cook Islands (part of the Realm of New Zealand) to open the Rarotonga International Airport.