Stephen Colbert hangs out with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand

US late night talk show host Stephen Colbert has been seen catching up with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and comedian Alice Snedden in New Zealand. 

Editor of The Spinoff Toby Manhire snapped a picture of the trio having a chat outside the Morningside Precinct in Auckland. 

"Jacinda Ardern, a comedy legend and a visitor from America," Manhire tweeted on Friday morning. 

In an article on The Spinoff, Manhire said staff at the website's Auckland office "unearthed the news that Colbert was in the country and filming with Ardern when it looked out the window and saw them there".

"Followed by a camera crew from CBS and officials from Tourism NZ, Ardern and Colbert spent a few minutes at Kind cafe before chatting to members of the public," Manhire said.

A photo of Ardern and Colbert at Auckland's Kind Cafe & Eatery was also tweeted by Jennifer Duval-Smith. 

A spokesperson for Tourism NZ told Newshub they are working with The Late Show to produce a series of segments that will be broadcast in November.

The spokesperson confirmed Colbert arrived in New Zealand on Friday, but would not confirm or deny that Lorde is involved with the production, as has been reported on Twitter.

User @NzPing5 tweeted that Ardern, Colbert and the 'Royals' singer were about to have lunch at the Prime Minister's home in Sandringham, Auckland.

Colbert and Ardern have long been planning The Late Show host's trip to Aotearoa. 

Last month, while appearing on his show, the Prime Minister told Colbert she'd be happy to pick him up from the airport when he arrived in New Zealand. 

At the time, Colbert joked that he would cancel his plans to "travel with my crew to an island nation south of Australia to film a series of comedy segments". 

The Spinoff article says Ardern was seen driving Colbert around Auckland in a Hyundai electric sedan.