One Direction 2013 tickets on sale

Has the boy band's charm worn off already?

Last updated 17:21 24/04/2012

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You couldn't escape One Direction during their first New Zealand visit last week, but it seems the UK boy band's dream run has slowed to a jog.

Pre-sale tickets for the group's three New Zealand shows in October 2013 went on sale this afternoon, but almost an hour later there were still plenty up for grabs.

While tickets to two shows at Auckland's Vector Arena, which has a capacity of around 10,000, were still available, the more expensive passes to the mid-afternoon sound check parties had sold out for both the October 5 and 6 performances, despite their $399 price tag.

Eager fans took to Twitter this afternoon to boast about their long-term purchases.

ChanelleDoole said "Got tickets to @onedirection 2013 Auckland concert! Let the countdown begin! <3" while WaddupHoran was just glad to have got a ticket.

"Maybe I shouldn't have spent so much in Auckland and got sound check. But oh well... I'm lucky that I got ticket!! :)"

The pace of sales is a marked difference from their most recent visit, when 10,000 tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Their five-day New Zealand visit, including two shows in Auckland and one in Wellington, caused mass hysteria amongst fans, with many camping outside the group's hotels and stalking them at airports.

The boy band has soared to fame since appearing on the UK version of The X Factor, where they placed third.

The group has 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.

They 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.

One Direction New Zealand Tour 2013
October 3 - CBS Arena, Christchurch
Tickets from Ticketek

October 5 and 6 - Vector Arena, Auckland
Tickets from Ticketmaster

Tickets for all show go on general sale from Saturday morning

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