Janine Pryce of Napier and 5-year-old daughter Charlotte were at the airport to greet her mum Jill Mair who was flying in from Thames.
Mrs Pryce said Charlotte and her 5-year-old brother Lucas were really looking forward to sharing Christmas Day with their nana who was having her first Christmas here.
As Mrs Mair explained, "I've got four children and they're everywhere. One here in Hawke's Bay, one in Auckland, one in Thames and one in the Mount."
So getting to see them all could be a mission.
But as Mrs Pryce said, there would be a lot of family " 20 or so" gathering this Christmas with her and husband Aaron. Brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews ... lots of faces and lots of fun.
"It's going to be a big Christmas. It's going to be great."
And Charlotte said she and Lucas had been very good this year ... so there could be something a bit special under the tree.