Fans hunt One Direction
One Direction might be in Auckland for just a few nights, but it appears the teen heartthrobs are planning to make the most of it.
The UK group - comprising Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - arrived at Auckland Airport at 5.30pm but managed to slip out a back door without being seen, despite around 100 young girls lining the streets to catch a glimpse.
Some eager fans were rewarded with a quick wave as the famous five arrived at the Langham Hotel last night and this morning, the crowd of girls outside had reached hundreds prompting the need for barricades.
The lads, all aged under 20, were tailed around Auckland last night, after Styles was spotted leaving the hotel around 8.30pm to meet up with a Kiwi ex-girlfriend at Grey Lynn's Gypsy Tea Room.
According to eagle-eyed fans, the pair went on to meet up with the rest of the band at Britomart bar 1885 later in the night, before returning to the hotel at around 2am.
Last week a British magazine reported Styles was planning to track down the local lady who captured his heart.
"He still carries a flame for her. It's a secret trip and the lads in the band have agreed to go too," a source told British showbiz magazine Now.
One Direction play two shows in Auckland on Saturday before flying to Wellington for a final New Zealand show.
Since coming third on the UK version of X Factor, the group have amassed more than 4.6 million Facebook fans and their video for the song What Makes You Beautiful has had more than 103 million YouTube hits.
One Direction sold out 80,000 seats in just 12 minutes in the UK earlier this year and beat Adele to pick up a Brit Award for Best British Single last week. Their album Up All Night debuted in the top 10 in more than 15 countries.
In New Zealand, tickets for the bands three shows sold out in record time - 10,000 tickets in under 10 minutes.
Many fans were distressed as they then saw tickets on Trade Me minutes after going on sale for up to five times their face value.
Thousands of fans were left in tears after 10,000 tickets to One Direction's current New Zealand tour, but they now officially get another bite of the cherry.
The UK boy band have confirmed they will return to New Zealand for three shows next October.
They will play one show at Christchurch's CSB Arena on October 3, before heading to Vector Arena in Auckland for shows on October 5 and 6.
Tickets go on sale April 28 at 10am from Ticketek for the Christchurch show and Ticketmaster for the Auckland shows.
One Direction 2013 New Zealand tour:
October 3 - CSB Arena, Christchurch
October 5 and 6 - Vector Arena, Auckland
Tickets from Ticketek and Ticketmaster from April 28