'It was a blur': Hillary Clinton makes surprise visit to Auckland shop

It's been far from an orthodox day for staff at the Parnell Baby Boutique.

The specialist store has just had a surprise visit from former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Retail assistant Kersty Ward said she initially thought New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was visiting when she saw a group of security guards arrive outside the Auckland shop. 

Yet it was none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton that had decided to pay the store a visit.

"She was really nice, quite chatty," Ms Ward said. "I sort of didn't know what to say so I was sort of babbling about myself."

Ms Ward said she imagined Mrs Clinton was visiting her shop for its well-known designer brands and huge clientele.

Some have even speculated she may have made the visit to purchase a gift for Ms Ardern, who is now heavily pregnant with her first child.

The former first lady of the United States was more than happy to ask the shop assistant about her life and studies, Ms Ward said. 

"It was all a blur really," she added.

Mrs Clinton is in the country to speak at an event at Spark Arena tomorrow night.

The talk will be moderated by former New Zealand Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley.