Richie and Gemma McCaw to transport Queen's Baton to Kaikoura today

Richie and Gemma McCaw are taking to the skies to be part of Commonwealth Games festivities today, with the pair set to fly the Wueen's Baton to Kaikoura as part of its nationwide tour ahead of next year's event.

The baton arrived at Auckland Airport Marae this morning ahead of next year's Gold Coast event. Source: 1 NEWS

The ex-All Black and ex-Black Stick will transport the baton from Queenstown to Kaikoura via helicopter with their expected arival time being 2:15pm.

Richie Patterson and Holly Robison were on hand to welcome the baton to New Zealand this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

After leaving Auckland yesterday morning, the Queen's Baton was taken around Queenstown, getting snapped at iconic locations such as Cecil Peak as well as on the Nevis Swing with Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Olympic track cyclist Matt Randall.

The baton is on the final leg of a 230,000km voyage around the Commonwealth, with Kiwi athletes such as Sophie Pascoe, Dame Valerie Adams and Richie Patterson as well as the New Zealand public getting a chance to see it while it's in the country.

Next year's Commonwealth Games take place from April 4 to 15.

Richie McCaw and girlfriend Gemma Flynn with the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate winning during the Rugby World Cup Final. New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London, England. Saturday 31 October 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Richie McCaw and girlfriend Gemma Flynn with the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate winning during the Rugby World Cup Final. Source: Photosport


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