A rousing reception for Valerie Adams at Auckland Airport this morning.
Around a hundred fans including family, friends and members of the Tongan royal family were there to greet the champion shot putter.
It's been six weeks since that dramatic shot put final in London and Valerie Adams describes that time as bumpy.
"You know, it's had its ups and downs, but today we're here and tonight's happening. We just have to savour the moment and enjoy it."
And tonight, 2500 people will be on hand at Auckland's Cloud where Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will present Valerie Adams with her gold medal followed by fireworks displays in Auckland and Wellington.
Valerie Adams' south Auckland supporters are keen to host a second medal ceremony for the athlete.
Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club President Tracey Hainsworth says the club has the venue to host a second ceremony and the people of South Auckland are keen to get involved.
"We think it would be lovely for her to have a second ceremony in a stadium environment, with athletes and Tongan community, and future athletes of New Zealand are able to be there."
The Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club is now waiting to hear back from Adams' manager.
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Information about Valerie Adams' medal presentation:
5.30pm: Public arrivals at The Cloud in Auckland or Frank Kitts park in Wellington
6:50pm: Function begins, followed by medal presentation, national anthem and speech by Valerie Adams
7:25pm: Fireworks begin in Auckland and Wellington