It was a sea of red and white on Monday night, in scenes reminiscent of the 2011 Rugby World Cup when Tongan fans brought the tournament to life.
One-Test Kiwi Tuimoala Lolohea - who recently commented he feels more pride playing for Tonga than New Zealand - said the moment the team walked through the arrival gate was overwhelming.
"All the fans showing up to show their support, it means a lot," Lolohea said.
"I'm kind of speechless at the moment. Very excited".
Tonga launched their tournament campaign in style on Sunday, thrashing Scotland 50-4 in Cairns.