Barack Obama gets spine-tingling Kiwi welcome

The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, has received a breathtaking official welcome to New Zealand.

Ngāti Whātua delivered a pōwhiri, before performing waiata and a haka before giving some speeches in a marquee on the lawn of Government House.

Mr Obama was presented with a pair of whale tooth necklaces by Ngāti Whātua - a present traditionally given to gifted orators - as part of the welcome.

One was for him and there was a second for wife Michelle, who did not make the trip over to New Zealand.

After a hongi with attendees, Mr Obama and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern retreated into Government House for a confidential meeting.

As the pair left, Mr Obama could be heard asking Ms Ardern about her pregnancy, remarking that it's "so exciting".