There were tears and plenty of emotion as passengers from the first quarantine-free flight touched down in Auckland shortly after Midday.
The travellers had arrived - slightly delayed - aboard a Jetstar flight from Sydney, one of many coming from Australia today.
There were similar scenes in Wellington and Christchurch as their first flights from Australia landed.
It's day one of the two-way trans-Tasman bubble, meaning travellers don't have to stay in Covid-19 managed isolation upon arrival.
There were plenty of people heading the other way as well, eager to visit Australia without the prospect of two weeks in a hotel upon their return to New Zealand.