Jacinda Ardern has touched down at Wellington Airport to applause and cheers from fellow travellers.
The Labour leader arrived this afternoon with her partner Clarke Gayford, following Saturday's election, where she was based in Auckland.
Many onlookers broke out into spontaneous clapping and cheers as the couple made their way through the terminal.
"Hooray!" one man shouted as they walked past him, "well done," said a woman working at an airport store.
The warm welcome will have been a boost to Ms Ardern as she begins the serious task of trying to negotiate a coalition deal with NZ First leader Winston Peters to form the next government.