Sidharth hits the ground dancing in Christchurch

Sidharth Malhotra, Tourism New Zealand's ambassador to India made a big impression on his first day back in New Zealand, bumping into the Prime Minister at the airport, catching up with two cricketing greats and joining a dance group who greeted him in Christchurch.

The popular Bollywood star is on his second visit to New Zealand, experiencing more of the country, visiting places he hasn't been before and sharing his adventures with his followers back home.

Former Black Cap stars Brendon McCullum and Stephen Fleming were in Christchurch to greet Sidharth and will join him on the Canterbury leg of his visit.  Brendon McCullum met Sidharth during the Prime Minister's visit to India last month and Stephen Fleming accompanied Sidharth on activities during his highly successful visit last year.

Local Bollywood dance group Bollywood Dreams were also at the airport to greet Sidharth and he didn't hesitate in joining them for an impromptu performance.

Sidharth said, "It feels great to be back to this beautiful country! The very start of my trip has been fantastic, I received such a warm welcome from Stephen and Brendon at the airport. I was ecstatic to see the children dance to my songs, it was a great surprise. I can't wait to explore New Zealand further and have an amazing holiday."

Sidharth's first visit to New Zeland last year resulted in a massive increase in the number of Indians more likely to visit New Zealand for a holiday. During his time in New Zealand, 2.8 million people engaged with him via social media, including 57,000 people engaging with each of his Facebook posts.

India is a key emerging market for New Zealand. Nearly 50,000 Indians visited in the year to September, nearly half of them travelling here for a holiday.

Sidharth will spend three days in Christchurch and Canterbury before travelling to Rotorua, Waikato and the Auckland region.  He leaves New Zealand 20 November.

Follow Sidharth's journey in New Zealand on social media via the hashtag #SidNZ