125 years later, the country is celebrating under a female prime minister and a female governor general - and with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan threw rubber gumboots on Tuesday as children cheered in a competition in New Zealand's largest city of Auckland, though Harry's team ended up losing to his wife's side.
They'll later attend a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
According to Roya Nikkhah, Royal Correspondent for The Sunday Times, Harry and Meghan Markle are making arrangements for the birth of their first child next Spring, which includes a formal division of their joint royal household.
"We didn't believe it, we thought it was a fairytale, for us it was completely out of the blue", she said. "The basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community".
Meghan - a self-professed feminist - addressed an audience of mainly women guests in Wellington, including the nation's third female Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and third female governor general, Dame Patsy Reddy.
Alexandra, an aspiring designer, said: 'I said, "It's really nice to meet you", and then we gave her the brooch.
In a speech about the right to vote, Meghan said the women who fought for the move were "universally admired". She also wrote to Hillary Clinton, Gloria Allred and journalist Linda Ellerbee.
"She would tell me to do well at university and encourage me to be myself". Suits alum Meghan met Katharina Weischede, an 11-year-old entrepreneur who founded an online business called Slime Princess.
Harry and Meghan will participate in a traditional welcome ceremony and enjoy a barbecue lunch with young children and some of the Park's young ambassadors. This was the first time they had ever met in person. Show them things to take their interest.
"That very thoughtful and generous wedding gift has created the four Pillars Awards, which will help to transform the lives of young people, including four special people in this room. We are so grateful for your hospitality and the work you do to look after this lovely place", Harry told the crowd when he and Markle arrived at Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island.
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