New Zealand's record breaking Youth Commonwealth Games team have returned home this morning, welcomed by a legion of passionate friends and family packed into Auckland International Airport's arrivals hall.
The games hosted by Nassau, Bahamas saw New Zealand bring home their most prolific medal haul in more than a decade, claiming a whopping 31 to finish third on the overall tally behind superpowers England and Australia.
Of the 31 medals claimed by Kiwi athletes, eight golds highlighted the impressive haul, with a further 14 silvers and nine bronzes also on show from the Commonwealth Games' stars of tomorrow.
It was in the pool that New Zealand were most dominant, with 20 of the 31 medals won by the swimmers, with Lewis Clareburt individually bringing home seven medals alone.
Three medals were won by the boxing contingent, including a bronze medal to young Pelea Fruean, the 16-year old cousin of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
Six medals were bought home by the athletics team including gold to Connor Bell, 16, coached by Olympic legend Valerie Adams.
The beach volleyball side and cyclists grabbed one medal each to round out the most successful games for New Zealand as a nation in the history of the Youth Commonwealth Games.