One of New Zealand's most successful ever Paralympic teams has arrived home to a warm and vibrant reception from fans and families.
The 31 athletes have been greeted by at least 60 people at the Auckland International Airport this morning.
Fans draped in flags and carrying 'welcome home' balloons grabbed every opportunity to speak to and take selfies with the athletes as they walked into the terminal.
Among them was swimmer Sophie Pascoe, with five medals around her neck, who said she was so happy to be home after two months away.
Blade-runner Liam Malone spoke about his excitement to return with three medals and said breaking Oscar Pistorius' 400 metre record was his highlight.
The team's 21-medal haul makes Rio one of New Zealand's most successful paralympic games.
A public welcome home parade is planned for tomorrow morning at the AUT Millennium in Mairangi Bay.