Fans descend on what could be Rolling Stones last NZ concert

Thousands of Rolling Stones fans are pouring into Auckland's Mt Smart stadium tonight, for what is widely expected to be their last ever New Zealand performance.

Mt Smart stadium.

The legendary band are playing to a 50,000-strong crowd, mostly filled with people in their 40s and 50s, says ONE News reporter Sharon Fergusson.

In March, the Stones were forced to reschedule the initial dates for their Australian and New Zealand tour after the sudden death of Mick Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott.

One fan told ONE News he feels as if tonight he will be saying goodbye to "old friends", who provided the "soundtrack to the freest and most formative years of his life".

The final touches were being put on the set yesterday. Setting up a Rolling Stones concert requires two 747 planes to transport the set, two trucks to house the speakers and 250 workers to set it all up. There are also more than 70 guitars involved.