Auckland Airport is the scene of thousands of welcomes as Kiwis return to spend time with their families at Christmas. We present some of these magic moments.
Herald:

Where have you travelled from today?

Madeleine: Melbourne.

H: How long have you been over there?

MF: I've been there for about a year now. I'm doing my PhD over there, so I'm home for Christmas now.

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H: Is it the first time you've been home since you moved over?

MF: No, my second.

H: How long has it been since you've been home?

MF: About a year. I came home pretty soon after I got over. So it's been a while.

H: What's your plans for Christmas?

MF: Just spend time with family, catch up with some friends I haven't seen in ages. It'll be so good. Check out the beaches and stuff, they're not the same in Melbourne.

H: You're missing your New Zealand beaches?

MF: Yeah, definitely.

H: Are you excited to be home?

MF: Yeah, definitely excited. I've been looking forward to this trip for ages.

H: And where are you from in New Zealand?

MF: From Auckland. I grew up here. It's good to be back.