In photos: Warm welcome as border reopens to Australians
It was a day of emotional reunions and cherished first meetings at Auckland Airport today as the border reopened and the first flights across the Tasman landed.
Family and friends were reunited with some meeting relatives for the very first time.
Some had been waiting since 4am to welcome their loved ones home.
Lamingtons, feijoas and peanut slabs were among the foods people were craving after arriving home for the first time in more than two years.
Over 4000 people were expected to travel across the ditch today on eleven Air New Zealand flights.
The first flight touched down at 6am in Auckland from Perth.
Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said the airline added an extra 96 trans-Tasman flights for April through to June, an increase of approximately 20,000 seats.