Celine Dion wowed her fans last night as she started a run of sold-out concerts at Auckland's Spark Arena.

More than 30,000 people will watch the Grammy-winning artist at the three concerts, with another to be held tonight and the third on Tuesday.

Dion is here for the first time in more than 20 years.

Last night's show opened with Veronic DiCaire getting one of the very few standing ovations for an opening act. She performed covers of hit diva songs like Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You and Christina Aguilera's Hurt, to massive applause.

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Dion took to the stage in a golden suit, silhouetted in a single spotlight.

The crowd of thousands immediately got to their feet for the opening number Power of Love, followed immediately by That's The Way It Is.

"Well we made it," said Dion.

"We made it back here and it feels so amazing. I cannot believe it's been 22 years since our last trip in New Zealand - way too long, unacceptable. I'm sorry. I'm so happy to be back.

"Tonight what do you say we make up for all that lost time?" she said. "Our tour is almost over and Auckland is our last stop. I'm just wondering: do you think we saved the best for last?"

"Tonight it's your music, it's your concert. I want you to have a great time," said Dion. "Are you ready?"

She then launched into I'm Alive and the crowd was on their feet dancing.

Dion was also busting out some classic dance moves, and playing up to the cameras and the front row.

Auckland Transport advised people to arrive early, as public transport could be extremely busy.