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It's about the only way to have a midwinter Christmas in New Zealand: get inside the giant snow globe resting at Auckland's Okahu Bay.

Yesterday the globe opened to the public, with more than 2000 people enjoying Christmas carols, snowmen and fake snow.

The globe was placed there by Cadbury as a free and "joyful" experience.

It will be at Okahu Bay until Wednesday, when it will move to One Tree Hill, then to Devonport's Windsor Park for Christmas Eve.