Olympians welcomed home

Publish Date
Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 10:17AM
The crowd at The Cloud (Photo / Natasha Jojoa Burling)
The crowd at The Cloud (Photo / Natasha Jojoa Burling)

Olympians welcomed home

Publish Date
Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 10:17AM

Olympics fans are getting up close and personal with athletes at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront.

A public welcome for 170 members of our team to Rio are there, having landed from South America early this morning.

Six buses of school children were first to hit the ground this morning. 

The public and fans got their chance to meet some of the team, and get autographs at signing stations.

About 170 athletes were there - including medal winners from sailing, cycling, rowing, canoe slalom and rugby sevens. 

The Olympians also took to the stage to talk about their Games experience, before mingling with the crowd.

A crowd also gathered at Auckland International Airport to welcome home New Zealand's most successful Olympic athletes this morning.

It was a long wait for most of them as flight NZ31 from Buenos Aires was delayed by more than an hour. 

Gold medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke entered first, with Burling wearing a cloak worn by team flagbearers.

"It's really nice to be home," Tuke said.

School children in uniform got up early to be first to welcome back the sportsmen and women, who arrived just before 6am.