Christobelle is New Zealand's Next Top Model.
The finale - which screened on TV3 - saw the final three competitors compete in a photoshoot and a runway competition before judges Sara Tetro, Colin Mathura- Jeffree, Chris Sisarich and guest judge fashion designer Trelise Cooper.
The finalists for the current season - Christobelle Grierson-Ryrie, 16, Hosanna Horsfall, 20, and Laura Scaife, 20 - were whittled down from more than 1000 competitors who auditioned for the show late last year.
The first to be eliminated was Gisborne-born Hosanna, who was sent packing by head judge Tetro.
A distraught Hosanna said she was "disappointed" not to win, but would continue to pursue a modelling career.
The runway show was held at Auckland hotspot The Wharf and included a star studded audience of local glitterati.
The entire cast of past NZNTM competitors returned to for the runway show, with finalist Laura dicing with disaster with a near fall during her second trip down the catwalk.
Laura remained buoyant after learning she was the runner-up - vowing to take the experiences she had learned on the show and continue modelling.
When informed by the judges she was the winner, Christobelle said she "couldn't believe she had won".
"This is going to be a whole new phase in my life," she said.
The final was believed to have been filmed as recently as this week in a bid to avoid details from the show being leaked.
Christobelle receives a contract with 62 Model Management, a one-year contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, an eight page editorial in Cleo magazine, an all expenses paid trip to Sydney to meet with Ursula Huffnagle of Chic Model Management, and a trip to New York to meet with Next Model Management.
The show is the first New Zealand adaptation on the successful American format, hosted by Tyra Banks, which is in its 12th season.
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