After a 20-minute delay, the duke and duchess were greeted first by the leader of the opposition, Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie, before spending around 20 minutes warmly chatting to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's third female Prime Minister.
Afterwards, Harry and Meghan joined the Invictus athletes for a group photo, with the Duchess compelled to adjust her dress and coat that kept blowing in the strong winds.
They've wowed everyone from children to drought-stricken farmers and shone a spotlight on issues close to their hearts - mental health, the environment and the Invictus Games - while carrying out a jam-packed list of engagements in the past 12 days.
It is the couple's final day in Australia before they head to New Zealand on Sunday where they will be till October 31.
After arriving in New Zealand, Prince Harry and Meghan had another action-packed day ahead of them.
Both royals were wearing a red poppy.
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The official welcome ceremony took place on the lawns of Government House - the residence of the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
A Government House representative said a vegetable steamer may have been responsible for the alarm sounding. She was speaking to mark 125 years since New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote.
"So bravo New Zealand, for championing this right a hundred and twenty-five years ago and for all the people that this effort has paved the way for globally".
Inside, Prince Harry was presented with the Badge in Gold for his work helping injured veterans.
The Duchess of Sussex did not take long to endear herself to the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Prince Harry toed the Royal line when he politely declined to sign a pair of special Invictus Games budgie smugglers for members of the Australian team.
The gown chosen by Meghan for her marriage at St George's Chapel at the castle is part of an exhibition on the big day which also features uniform worn by the Duke of Sussex.