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One Direction greet fans outside hotel

Published: 7:03AM Friday April 20, 2012 Source: ONE News

Waiting outside One Direction's hotel room finally paid off for fans today as the boys greeted the group of screaming girls.

Chanting "we want 1D" and bursting into song finally coaxed Harry, Louis, Zayn, Liam and Niall out of their Langham hotel room after a long wait this morning and met with their fans, some of whom had camped out since 5am.

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The group touched down at 6pm yesterday ahead of their three New Zealand shows in Auckland and Wellington.

Dominique Carrick, 15, had been at the hotel since 7am this morning, and said her attraction to the group is "the fact that they're neighbourhood boys".

"They aren't like David Beckham, they're just normal boys," she told ONE News.

Carrick also said the group's presence on social networking sites such as Twitter and YouTube makes it easy for fans to connect with them.

Felicity Clothier, a mother of four girls aged 18, 14, 11 and 7, brought her daughters to the Langham after three of them missed out on tickets to the Auckland shows.

"It's a little bit of madness in my household at the moment. My 14-year-old has the tickets, the others are very upset they aren't going," she said.

The dedicated mother said she would wait at the hotel until the "girls are satisfied".

"We'll probably follow them around, we did that for Justin Bieber when he was here," she said.

Some of the fans heard a rumour that Harry Styles snuck out of the hotel at around 2am to visit an ex-girlfriend at Grey Lynn bar The Gypsy Tea Room.

As many as 250 screaming girls camped out at the hotel last night, and were rewarded with a sighting of the boys as they arrived at the hotel and later waved from their window. The group have booked out the top two floors of the Symonds St hotel.

One Direction's minders have tried to keep the stars' travel plans a closely guarded secret.

However social media sites Twitter and Facebook are closely tracking the band's journey down under.

The boys are expected to spend today on a press junket before the first two of their New Zealand shows at Auckland's Trusts Stadium on Saturday.

They will then head to Wellington for their final New Zealand show on Sunday before flying home to England on Wednesday.

The group of five shot to fame after coming third in the UK's X Factor seventh series in 2010.

The members entered the competition individually and were put into a group after a suggestion from judge Nicole Scherzinger.

One Direction world

Fans eager to get their hands on official One Direction merchandise will be able to buy t-shirts, posters and photos today.

Yesterday, 18-year-old Liam Payne tweeted New Zealand's first One Direction World store was opening in Wellington.

"News for all the nz fans 1D store opening this friday at 9am in welington new zealand for 4 days only so get on down there!!"

The store is open until Monday and the 100th customer to buy merchandise will win a double pass to the Wellington show at the St James Theatre on Sunday.

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