An Australian delegation will forge new tourism and business relationships during a visit to Auckland today.
The group are from Newcastle in the Hunter region, a city about 150km north of Sydney with the country's leading regional economy.
The visit marks the start of direct flights between Newcastle and Auckland late last year.
Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development's economic development general manager Pam Ford said she welcomed the chance to build new relationships and explore ways to collaborate.
Ms Ford said both areas are working on transformational urban and waterfront projects that could benefit from closer ties between the two cities.
The Newcastle-Hunter delegation includes Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Newcastle Airport chief executive Peter Cock.
The delegation will participate in a forum with business leaders from Auckland at GridAKL today.