Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer may have captured the bulk of international headlines, but fear not, New Zealand's entrance at yesterday's Olympic Games opening ceremony didn't go unnoticed.

Kiwi flagbearers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also caused a bit of a stir on the interweb, winning admirers the world over.

In an article headlined "People On Twitter Are Drooling Over Team NZ's Olympic Flag Bearers", Buzzfeed Australia outlined some the more enthusiastic repsonses to the Kiwi sailors, or as one user termed them, "New Zealand's male model flagbearers".

Four-time world champion sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling were presented with a traditional kakahu by the New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Rob Waddell. Photo / Photosport NZ
Four-time world champion sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling were presented with a traditional kakahu by the New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Rob Waddell. Photo / Photosport NZ
Peter Burling, left, and Blair Tuke set some hearts aflutter during the opening ceremony. Photo / File
Peter Burling, left, and Blair Tuke set some hearts aflutter during the opening ceremony. Photo / File