Explosive: Fireworks explode across the Auckland night sky to herald the launch of the World Cup
Spectacular: Boats in Auckland harbour are lit up by flood of fireworks
Kia ora! The Kiwi's put on a dramatic show as they prepared to host the tournament for the second time

Lighting up the sky: More of the reported three tonnes of spectacular fireworks help get the tournament off to an explosive start
The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by 60,000 fans at Eden Park
The stage is set: Hundreds of dancers were involved in the ceremony, watched by 60,000 fans at Eden Park

Cultural: the dazzling opening ceremony aimed to show the world about traditions in the Pacific and New Zealand
Ethan Bai performs during the part of the ceremony which saw a youngster sprint down a rugby field through tackles

These stylish dancers added a classy touch to the opening ceremony proceedings in Auckland
Maori welcome: The ceremony was colourful and energetic
Maori welcome: The ceremony was colourful and energetic
Challenge: All Blacks perform the Haka after Tonga had laid down the gauntlet
Fans-tastic: All Black supporters enjoyed the action as their side ran out comfortable victors in the tournament opener with Tonga

Party atmosphere: Thousands crammed into Auckland's city centre for the opening ceremony in a mass showing of New Zealand national pride