The Queen's Baton has arrived in New Zealand, ahead of next year's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.
Containing a message from Queen Elizabeth, the baton will travel New Zealand until next week, completing the final leg of a 230,000km journey to the Gold Coast, ahead of April's games.
Weightlifter Richie Patterson carried the baton into Auckland Airport Marae this morning, where local iwi welcomed it.
The baton was then passed to Paralympic javelin thrower Holly Robinson, who will fly with it to Queenstown.
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy will take over for a visit to Arrowtown Primary School.
The baton is expected to be seen on mountain peaks, at adventure attractions and will visit quake-hit Kaikoura.
About 40 past and present New Zealand athletes will be involved at various points of the relay, including Dame Valerie Adams, Sophie Pascoe, Sir John Walker, Val Young and Precious McKenzie.