Tauranga Olympians will be formally honoured by the city with a homecoming parade next week.

The parade in honour of the city's Olympians will be held on Friday, September 2, through the streets of Tauranga's central city.

New Zealand's Blair Tuke, left, and Peter Burling, right, celebrate with his coach after winning the 49er men gold medal the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo/AP
New Zealand's Blair Tuke, left, and Peter Burling, right, celebrate with his coach after winning the 49er men gold medal the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo/AP

Sailor Molly Meech, who won silver with partner Alex Maloney, said she had never dreamed of having a parade in her honour through the streets of her hometown.

''It will actually be such a cool event to come back to Tauranga and share the experience with people,'' she said.

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''I can't say I ever thought it would happen but I think it will be special.''

Molly flats with brother Sam, who won bronze in sailing, in Auckland these days and said they were still adjusting to reality.

''It's all still a little bit of an unknown. No one expected what has been happening over the past few days,'' she said.

The New Zealand athletes were given a heroes' welcome home when they arrived in Auckland on Wednesday, with plenty of attention at the Auckland International Airport and an official welcome home party at The Cloud.

''It's just been amazing,'' she said.

Brother Sam could not be reached today but Molly said he was ''so happy to have the medal''.

Both Molly and Sam were members of the Tauranga Yacht and Boat Club, as was fellow medallist Peter Burling, who won gold with partner Blair Tuke, and Olympian Jason Saunders who narrowly lost a bronze medal in his race.

Slalom canoeist Luuka Jones, who won silver, will also take part in the parade.

New Zealand's Sam Meech after winning bronze in the Laser Class during at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo/Photosport
New Zealand's Sam Meech after winning bronze in the Laser Class during at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo/Photosport

Today Burling was part of a parade put on by Kerikeri for him and his partner Tuke, who is from the Northland town.

Tauranga mayor Stuart Crosby said it was a struggle to get all the athletes in the same place at the same time.

"We got a good representation of athletes to allow our community to show their support and acknowledgement of the athlete's achievements."

Friday was the day the most Olympians could make it.

Mr Crosby hoped there would a big turnout on the day.

The Tauranga parade will begin at 11am, making its way down Devonport Rd and along The Strand where it will end at Wharf St.

Following the parade a short ceremony would be held at the Edgewater Fan on The Strand where the athletes and Mayor Stuart Crosby are expected to speak.

Tauranga City Council advises people wanting to attend the parade to be prepared for large crowds and consider using public transport to avoid traffic and parking congestion.

In the event of wet weather, the celebrations will be held at Baycourt Exhibition Space.

Olympians attending the parade
Gold medallists and NZ flag bearers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (sailing);
Silver medallists Molly Meech and Alex Maloney (sailing);
Silver medallist Luuka Jones (slalom canoe);
Bronze medallist Sam Meech (sailing);
Olympian Jason Saunders (sailing)
- Source: Tauranga City Council