There would be traditional Maori nose rubs, a group playdate, yacht races, kangaroo encounters and too many handshakes to count.
But first, 9-month-old Prince George and his parents had to complete the marathon 27-hour journey from London to Sydney to Wellington, New Zealand, where the young family finally touched down just after noon local time on April 7 to kick off their jam-packed 19-day tour.
If the chubby-cheeked heir was feeling jet-lagged, he didn’t show it: Looking cozy and content in his mother’s arms, he appeared unfazed by the gauntlet of handlers and photographers awaiting his arrival.
But even a precocious little prince has his limits, and within 90 minutes, he was out of view with his new nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, inside Wellington’s historic Government House while his parents exchanged “hongis” (nose rubs) with Maori leaders.
William and Kate “are so proud to be showing George around where they can,” a friend tells PEOPLE.