GALLERY: The Lions arrive in New Zealand

The ten-match tour begins on Saturday in Whangarei

GALLERY: The Lions arrive in New Zealand

Captain Sam Warburton accepts the Maori challenge on arrival Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Lions have arrived in New Zealand ahead of their ten-match tour of the country.

After leaving London Heathrow on Monday, the team touched down in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon local time, ahead of Saturday's opening match of the tour. The team face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday in Whangarei.

Captain Sam Warburton led the team into Auckland Airport to be greeted by a Maori welcome. It is the first time the team have toured the country since 2005, when the side lost the Test series 3-0.

The British and Irish Lions get a Maori welcome. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The British and Irish Lions sing on arrival. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

CJ Stander walks through arrivals. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Head coach Warren Gatland meets the press. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Maro Otoje arrives at Auckland airport. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland