An estimated 60,000-70,000 people turned out to the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony in Christchurch’s North Hagley park.
The evening, featured performances from Hayley Westenra, Ginny Blackmore, Sol3 Mio, and Shapeshifter, was broadcast to millions around the world.
The ceremony was one of the biggest hosted by Christchurch since the Canterbury earthquakes, and mayor Lianne Dalziel said it showed the town was back on its feet.
On stage, performers paid tribute to competing nations, including displays of dancing from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and performances of bagpipe music and Irish dancing.
The night’s entertainment ended with a huge fireworks display.