Australia and New Zealand will make their official Pacific Games debut on Sunday.
Both countries were invited to participate in sailing, rugby sevens, taekwondo and weightlifting in Port Moresby, in the first step towards full integration.
The New Zealand men's football team beat Solomon Islands yesterday in an Olympic qualifying match but are not competing in the full Pacific Games.
The Trans Tasman rivals are both a chance for medals in tomorrow's opening weightlifting sessions.
Team Australia Chef de Mission, Malcolm Page, is looking forward to seeing their first competitors in action.
"We're making history - Australia and New Zealand being the first time into the Pacific Games - and I must admit all the other countries are very welcoming and the atmosphere and even the music and the singing that's going on, it's amazing. It's an amazing cultural experience and I'm sure the sport will be just the same."
Malcolm Page says Australia's final group of athletes will arrive in PNG today, just in time for the opening ceremony.