The businessman and reality TV star told America to "always pursue solidarity", but it's been a difficult pill to swallow for many.
Thousands in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch hoped to move Washington and convince the new president to change tack.
Barack and Michelle Obama shook hands with President and First Lady Trump cordially before heading away.
President Donald Trump has vowed that every decision on trade and taxes, among other things, would be made to benefit American workers.
As the president-elect left New York behind, the capital braced for an onslaught of inaugural crowds.
The Deputy PM today visited Kaikoura, where Gerry Brownlee got a frosty welcome when he turned up before Christmas.
Barack Obama surprised his Press Secretary in his final briefing with a special speech.