Olympic fans gather at the Cloud
A throng of dedicated well-wishers took up spots at The Cloud in downtown Auckland to watch the Olympic opening ceremony, including a former Kiwi great.
Three-time Olympian Hamish Carter was reminded of his own entrances to Olympic stadiums around the world.
"It's quite overwhelming... But you feel the support of people watching at home on TV. It's quite phenomenal."
For Helen Deboyett, and her children Anna and Michael, their allegiances were split between their native Britain and adopted New Zealand.
"We are supporting both teams," said 13-year-old Michael.
The rivalry was taken in good humour by Kevin Osmond, who is British, and his wife Justine, a Kiwi. However for their son Miro, 7, the problem was of no concern- his favourite country was Madagascar.
The crowd had diminished toward the end of the ceremony with a few dozen enthusiastic punters staying for the entire show.