Lions tour: British and Irish Lions arrive in Auckland for NZ tour

The British and Irish Lions have finally arrived on our shores for a highly anticipated five-week stint that'll see them play Tests against the All Blacks and regional sides throughout New Zealand.

Lions fans Auckland Airport
Lions fans turned up in numbers to welcome their team to Auckland (Simon Shepherd / Newshub)

Supporters of the side, which is made up of the best players from throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, turned out in their droves at Auckland Airport to welcome their rugby heroes.

Lions players were met with a traditional powhiri at Auckland International Airport's arrivals lounge, including a wero - which Lions captain Sam Warburton accepted on behalf of the squad.

The team was then treated to a rousing haka from a kapa haka group.

Lions tour manager John Spencer thanked the group for their "incredible welcome".

Loyal Lions fans Elliot White and Simon Foot arrived at the airport in matching budgy-smugglers (Simon Shepherd / Newshub)
Loyal Lions fans Elliot White and Simon Foot arrived at the airport in matching budgy-smugglers (Simon Shepherd / Newshub)

"You have a reputation for these welcomes, and this was no exception," he said.

"We know you have the most beautiful country here - we're all looking forward to visiting it. We're hoping we'll do it justice."

A Lions fan poses for a photo with skipper Sam Warburton in the arrivals lounge (Newshub / Simon Shepherd)
A Lions fan poses for a photo with skipper Sam Warburton in the arrivals lounge (Newshub / Simon Shepherd)

The team will spend some time in Auckland before heading north to Whangarei, where they are scheduled to play against the Barbarians on Saturday.

They are also playing games in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Rotorua during the tour.

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