Hours before Celine Dion was due on stage, about 40 of her biggest fans waited outside the locked doors of Spark Arena.
The Canadian signer is down to play three shows in Auckland, to finish her three-month tour of Asia and Oceania.
Outside Spark Arena, some of Dion’s most loyal fans started gathering at about 2pm – more than six hours before the singer was due on stage.
Ruth Prankerd travelled from Taranaki to see Dion perform, a concert she had been waiting more than 10 years to see.
A decade ago, Prankerd and her daughter travelled to Sydney to see Dion – and then the singer cancelled on them.
“We never saw her. They gave us a DVD, that’s all we got. It wasn’t her fault, though, everyone gets sick. And now I’ve worn that DVD out,” Prankerd said.
She joined the rest of her family at 3pm, an hour after they arrived.
Spark Arena said doors would open at 6pm.
However, many fans arrived hours early for the concert. Some had flown from as far away as Tahiti to see the show.
Dion arrived in New Zealand on Saturday morning, telling her fans via social media that she was “so looking forward to spending the next few days with you”.
More than 30,000 fans were expected to attend the three Auckland concerts.