Watch: Auckland Airport welcomes Emirates Team NZ home with water salute as plane taxis to gate

Auckland Airport has welcomed Emirates Team New Zealand home with a water salute as their plane taxied to the gate while eager fans waited in the arrivals lounge for a much anticipated glimpse at the successful campaign crew and the Auld Mug. 

Members of the Orakei Marae officially welcomed the team home. Source: 1 NEWS

Ground crew sprayed plumes of water onto the Emirates plane carrying Team New Zealand to celebrate their homecoming and the arrival of the Auld Mug back to New Zealand. 

People who made a special trip to see the cup had to wait a little bit longer, after the flight from Dubai was delayed.

For the first time since 2003 the Auld Mug is back in New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS

About 250 people, including plenty of friends and family, turned out for the welcome.

Team New Zealand will hold a parade tomorrow at 12.30pm in Auckland's CBD.

Follow live coverage on 1 NEWS NOW throughout Thursday afternoon, and on TVNZ1 with Wendy Petrie and Simon Dallow from 12.30pm-2.25pm.

Plumes of water were sprayed onto the Emirates plane to celebrate the team's homecoming and the arrival of the Auld Mug back to NZ. Source: 1 NEWS



Crowds ready to give a hero's welcome as Team New Zealand and the America's Cup arrive home

Team New Zealand and the America's Cup have touched down at Auckland Airport to a crowd of fans ready to welcome home the successful sportsmen and for a glimpse of the Auld Mug.

People who made a special trip to see the cup had to wait a little bit longer, after the flight from Dubai was delayed.

There are about 250 people, including plenty of friends and family, waiting for Team New Zealand to emerge. 

1 NEWS NOW will have live coverage from Team New Zealand's Auckland homecoming parade. Source: 1 NEWS

Team New Zealand will hold a parade tomorrow at 12.30pm in Auckland's CBD.

Lyn and John Ashby flew from Australia to see their son arrive home with the cup. Source: 1 NEWS

* Follow live coverage on 1 NEWS NOW throughout Thursday afternoon, and on TVNZ1 with Wendy Petrie and Simon Dallow from 12.30pm to 2.25pm. 

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