It's a real shame when you can't make it to one of Ed Sheeran's concerts in New Zealand, but having a cup of coffee or tea with him is a great consolation prize.

That's exactly what happened to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she suggested to Sheeran to pop over, although she didn't expect he would actually show.

"Couldn't make any of Ed Sheeran's shows while he is here so cheekily suggested he come round for a cuppa and some scones.

"It was a real treat to meet you. And as an added bonus, my scones weren't a complete disaster," she posted to her Instagram tonight.


Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford shared a photo of Sheeran reading a pregnancy book with him.

"It takes a village (and a pop star) to raise a child," Gayford said on Twitter.

Sheeran's second show of three at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland is tonight before he heads south for another three shows in Dunedin on March 29, 31, and April 1.

Meeting with the PM wasn't the only visit he had made to prominent Kiwis. On Friday the 27-year-old chart-topping singer-songwriter also met Black Caps captain Kane Williamson.

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"It was fantastic to meet him, a humble guy who enjoys his cricket. It was cool for him to come along today and watch a little bit," said Williamson, who is a part-time guitarist.

Fellow New Zealand players Trent Boult and Matt Henry also chatted to Sheeran.

The team gave Sheeran a Black Caps shirt.