Excited Bruce Springsteen fans have been spotting the Boss out and about in Auckland, and getting the chance to chat to him.

"I am writing this in a state somewhere between euphoria, disbelief and exhaustion," Stephen Counsell wrote on Facebook.

Counsell explained he was in town from Canada to visit friends and to go to the Springsteen concert.

Daryl Knowler posted photos of his workmates meeting Springsteen at a cafe the other day. Photo / Facebook
Daryl Knowler posted photos of his workmates meeting Springsteen at a cafe the other day. Photo / Facebook

"I love that guy - I grew up with his music, and I might argue his latest music is even better. Kim and I joke about what we'd say if we met him through work. I dream about playing and singing with him," he said.

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He went on to explain he'd spotted Springsteen at a nearby restaurant on Wednesday as he was passing by.

"I didn't want to interrupt, I figure he could use his privacy ... no one noticed him. Soon enough we found ourselves overtaking the strolling men ... I got brave: 'Thanks for playing for us, Bruce' I said as we passed ... 'Oh, that's my absolute pleasure' he replied as he kindly smiled at me."

Fans have been lining up at the concert venue since earlier today. Photo / Facebook
Fans have been lining up at the concert venue since earlier today. Photo / Facebook

Counsell said he was still grinning after the encounter.

"My face aches from grinning," he said.

"That was it. Six words each. I won't need to sleep for weeks now ... which is a good thing because we'll need to line up all day and night and day at least to get close enough to his stage to make eye contact again.

"What a gentleman he is. I'm feeling uplifted just knowing he came to NZ to play for ChCh and Auckland."

Another man also posted on Facebook saying he'd seen Springsteen at a cafe on the waterfront and chatted to him.

"We had a good chat with the Boss," Daryl Knowler said.

Leroy Pete Rodrigues also posted a photo on Facebook he'd taken of Springsteen out and about at the Viaduct.

Today fans have started lining up outside the concert venue, ready for the show.

Meanwhile, fans in other parts of the country are upset Jetstar has cancelled some flights to Auckland, leaving them to find alternative ways to the show.

Kelly Donald had a flight booked from Palmerston North to Auckland, but discovered a day earlier her flight had been cancelled due to staff shortages.

She has had to hire a car to drive up so she can still use her return flight home.

At 5.30pm today she had been sitting in Auckland traffic for 55 minutes to move a distance of 14km.

Donald said Jetstar offered to rebook her flight to Auckland, "but it was two days after the concert. I mean goodness me, really?"

"It doesn't really help them build a reputation as reliable and trustworthy," she said.

"I'm going to stick with Air New Zealand."

Donald said it was "really frustrating" and "disappointing".

"People work really hard for their money, they book things in advance."

She had expected to take a leisurely flight up to Auckland and instead was spending the day driving up the country, which was costing more money.

Fans in Hawke's Bay have also had a 1.30pm flight out of Napier cancelled.

Fans were unable to take another flight as they were all fully booked.

A Jetstar spokesman said the Napier flight was cancelled as a crew member fell ill and was unable to be replaced at short notice.

"We regret the cancellation and sincerely apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.

"Customers have been offered the option of the next available flight or a full refund."

Jetstar said an ill crew member also resulted in the cancellation of a Palmerston North to Auckland flight this morning, forcing passengers to take a nine-hour bus journey instead.