Watch Prince Harry as he does the haka!

One of Prince Harry's Army haka coaches Warrant Officer 2 Brent Pene said the royal had done well at the Army haka, given the time he had to practice.

Prince Harry was met by a group of 30 soldiers at a large hall at the base, where he has learnt the haka and performed for media.

"He was keen, that was the main thing."

He said it was humbling and appropriate for the Prince to join in, given Prince Harry was also in the Army.

Prince Harry was clearly given a thorough workout while practising - he ended the haka red and sweating.

Pene said it had been a rigorous 20 minutes. "Yeah, he was sweating, we were sweating, a bit of frustration set in."

The Prince had also shown a lot of interest in the background and meaning of the haka, which Pene said clearly interested him but was a normal part of business for the NZ Army.

Pene told him the haka referred to the current New Zealand soldiers being descendants of those who fought various campaigns around the world.

"It also elaborates further, into the various terrains the soldier fights in," he said.

After a demonstration of the haka, Mr Pene said: "So as you can see here your Royal Highness, it's a short and simple haka. And hopefully given the timeframe we have with you today, we'll get you to a good standard."

The prince who holds the ranking of captain in the British Army touched down in an an New Zealand Defence Force NH90 chopper. He was then asked to drive a Polaris All Terrain Vehicle across the base.

He drove the ATV across the base at high speed before bringing it to a halt with a small skid in the mud.

"Everything about that felt wrong," Harry said, referring to his tyre tracks across the lawn.

"I was waiting for someone to tell me to get off the grass."

Wearing the British Army uniform and a blue beret, he donned a helmet and pulled on a New Zealand military jacket before driving the vehicle to the base's hangi pits.

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